We took the night flight out from Tokyo, departing at 9pm and arriving Sapporo 1.5hrs later. It was such a good experience flying the local domestic flights, we are definitely going to do it again. We flew by SkyMark Airlines – the flights were booked exactly 2 months prior to boarding, in order to enjoy the cheapest possible flights. It was a nail-biting experience booking the flights, as we were a big party of 6 and I was so worried we couldn’t get all the flights before they were sold out! (yes, they sell out within 15minutes, and even though it says on the website that flight sales start at 9am, i managed to book my flights at 8.30am and by 9am, all the cheapest tickets were sold out!) so it pays to be “kiasu”! 🙂 Things I would change if I were to do this trip again – Fly from Singapore to Haneda, then Haneda to Hokkaido (distances are nearer to town on the Tokyo end and Haneda have more frequent flights to Sapporo – although the flights are slightly more expensive) By booking our own tickets, we managed to save quite a bit on airfare, usually the bulk of the travel costs. We scored cheap SQ tickets ($628 per person, also purchased online), and the domestic flights were approx $400 per person, making our total flight to Hokkaido just past the $1k mark. Plus we had a stopover at Tokyo!
Our trip to Hokkaido was going to be a very slow and easy trip. My parents wanted to have really good and fresh seafood, the kids wanted snow and more snow, so the trip centered around those activities, with a little bit of shopping thrown in. We arrived at Sapporo way too late for anything, so just bundled everybody to the hotel (which was really good btw- location & price-wise, booked through HERE) We made Sapporo our base, and took day-trips out to different parts of Hokkaido. With all that warm clothing, it was a good thing to do – no endless packing and unpacking! Plus the transportation system was super easy to navigate, even though we had no clue how to get to the different places when we arrived!