I thought to segregate this question on Hokkaido from the original. I'm still interested in the other points.

3. I won't drive, so must rely on public transport and walking (over reasonable distances).

4. Would Hokkaido suit, owing to #3 above and the last paragraph here ?

If not, I'd rather research other travel destinations.

  • Are you willing to take a flight? – Aditya Somani Jun 30 '14 at 4:36
  • I hitchhiked around Hokkaido, which might not be your cup of tea, but I saw a lot of long distance buses (coaches). I'm not sure if they were tours or just transportation but I assume both are plentiful. – hippietrail Jun 30 '14 at 10:54
  • @AdityaSomani: I'd take a flight to arrive at/depart from Sapporo, but are you referring to flights within Hokkaido? Then no. – NNOX Apps Jun 30 '14 at 15:31

Hokkaido is great, although transportation there is far from perfect. While relying on public transport only the easiest places to visit would be Sapporo, hot springs around there and Hakodate.

Taisetsuzan is amazing place itself but there's nothing to do without a car, unfortunately. Of course, buses do run, but travelling from one place to another place is quite a distance and would take very considerable amount of time.

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