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Hokkai-Do, the Do formerly known as Japan-Do #7, 19-21 April 2019

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Official Do Dinner

Friday 19 April 7pm~10pm Do Dinner - Koropokkuru (post 114 for details)
Please add your handle if you are coming to the dinner as soon as possible and by Wednesday 17th at the latest. If you decide not to come please remove your handle at least 24 hours before the event and confirm by posting in the thread. No-shows will be charged the full amount (7,000 yen).

NewbieRunner
restlessinRNO
restlessinRNO+1
kirkwoodj
BigRedBears
CDKing (cancelled)
nme7
ClaudiSTR
nomadic.relief
kpc
kpc+1
CMK10 (cancelled)
Gary STL
Gary STL+1
upup&away
lking
TravelKane
krazykanuck
Sykes
The_Wrath_of_Khan+2
armagebedar
keitherson

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Registration is not compulsory for other activities during the Do. However, it would help if those intending to come can add their handle below.


Thursday 18 April 7pm~ Welcome drinks - TíCAFE at the T38 Observation Deck of the JR Tower (see post 115)

restlessinRNO
restlessinRNO+1
CDKing
nme7
nomadic.relief (maybe, exhaustion dependent)
kpc
kpc+1
BigRedBears (maybe)
lking (maybe. Arriving that evening)
TravelKane - if no delays from the airport
Sykes
The_Wrath_of_Khan+2
armagebedar
keitherson
NewbieRunner
kirkwoodj (if I make it on time)


Friday 19 April 10am~ (Walking) tour of Sapporo (Meet at Ōdōri subway station Exit 8 - see post 203 for more info)

BigRedBears (maybe?)
CDKing
nme7
nomadic.relief (maybe?)
kpc
kpc+1
restlessinRNO
restlessinRNO+1
Gary STL
Gary STL+1
lking
TravelKane
keitherson
krazykanuck (probably, will catch up mid day)
NewbieRunner
Kirkwoodj


Saturday 20 April 9am~ Day trip to Otaru (see post 107)

BigRedBears
CDKing
ClaudiSTR
nomadic.relief
kpc
kpc+1
CMK10
restlessinRNO
restlessinRNO+1
Gary STL
Gary STL+1
upup&away
lking
TravelKane
keitherson
krazykanuck
NewbieRunner


Saturday 20 April - Optional visit to Nikka Distillery Yoichi

BigRedBears
CDKing
CMK10
Gary STL
Gary STL+1
lking , maybe
TravelKane
keitherson


Sunday 21 April 10am~ Historical Village of Hokkaido (see post 111)

CDKing
ClaudiSTR
nomadic.relief
upup&away
lking
TravelKane
krazykanuck
NewbieRunner
beckoa


Monday 22 April - Tuesday 23 April : Post-Do in Noboribetsu Onsen

ClaudiSTR
kpc
kpc+1
NewbieRunner
BigRedBears +1
nomadic.relief
beckoa
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Old Apr 23, 18, 5:43 am
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Hokkai-Do, the Do formerly known as Japan-Do #7, 19-21 April 2019

I think this is the earliest a Japan-Do has been announced!

Early enough that most airlines haven't opened up their availability for the inbound flights, and certainly not for the departures!

We've done the Do in Tokyo and surrounds; headed west to Fukuoka; and more recently ventured even further south-west to Okinawa.

A lot of attendees have asked why we'd never done a Do in Hokkaido, and given the high degree of latitude (literally!) and the weather at the usual time of Japan-Do, we considered the idea but then looked elsewhere. 2019 however, brings us Easter (i.e. the usual Japan-Do weekend)about as late as it has been in the recent years*, and so, we shall don our coats, dress for the weather, and head North to Sapporo (am I imagining things or was that the name of a beer?).

Spring in Hokkaido may be great for skiing in nearby Niseko but could be a little cold for sightseeing. Some FTers may be disappointed that the number of international chain hotels is very limited. Sapporo has no Hyatt or Hilton where points can be burned though there are plenty of hotels in all price ranges including two IHG, two Accor and a Choice property.

We are announcing the Do in plenty of time so you can start planning flights to/from the Do. The nearest airport to Sapporo is New Chitose Airport (CTS) which is served by frequent flights from Tokyo (in fact HND-CTS is the second busiest air route in the world in terms of passenger numbers). There are also non-stop flights from other regional airports within Japan as well as several countries in Asia.

Possible day trips may include the harbour city of Otaru and nearby Yoichi (Nikka Whisky Distillery), and Lake Shikotsu or Lake Toya. Sapporo itself has a Beer Museum (former Sapporo Brewery), a chocolate-themed park (Shiroi Koibito Park) and other attractions. Anybody who enjoyed visiting Naha's Tomari Fish Market might be interested in Sapporo's Nijo Market and Curb Market.

Looking forward to seeing many FTers in Sapporo!











*Easter 2019 will be almost as late as it can get. We missed 2011 when Easter Sunday was on 24 April and will have to wait until 2038 for Easter Sunday to fall on 25 April!
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Just in case the first post did not make it clear the DO will be held in Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture.

About Sapporo

Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan and the capital of Hokkaidō. Formerly known as Ezo, Hokkaidō is the second largest island of Japan and the largest and northernmost prefecture.

The indigenous people of Hokkaidō was Ainu but they have almost completely been assimilated into Japanese society and the exact number of Ainu people living today is said to be anything between, 25,000 and 200,000.

Sapporo was chosen as the administrative centre of Hokkaidō at the beginning of the Meiji Era (late 19th century) and developed with the help of foreign advisors employed by the Japanese government. Streets of Sapporo are laid to make a grid plan.

How to get from the airport to the city

New Chitose Airport (CTS) is the main airport for Sapporo and located some 50km southeast of the city. The most convenient way to travel from the airport to the city for most people would be to use the JR Rapid (Kaisoku) Airport train from the airport station under the domestic terminal. It runs every 15 minutes during the day to Sapporo and Otaru (via Sapporo), takes 37 minutes and costs 1,070 yen. You can book reserved seats (U Seats) for 520 yen but this is not normally necessary. IC cards such as Suica and Pasmo may be used to travel on the train.

For about the same price you can take a bus though it takes longer to the city.
HOKKAIDO RAILWAY Time Schedule-To & From | New Chitose Airport Terminal

Getting around

Sapporo is built on a grid system with Ōdōri (literally 'Big Street') Park forming the east-west axis and Sōsei River Park forming the north-south axis. Streets are numbered away from Ōdōri and Sōsei River prefixed by 北 (Kita or North), 南 (Minami or South), 東 (Higashi or East) or 西 (Nishi or West).

Sapporo has three subway lines and one tram line but Ōdōri is only 4-5 blocks (or one subway stop) away from Sapporo station and Susukino, Sapporo's main entertainment and restaurant district, is 4 further blocks (or one subway stop) away.


Japan-Guide.com


Map of central Sapporo (PDF)

Sapporo Info app


Sapporo weather forecast

https://www.accuweather.com/en/jp/sa...weather/223985
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LIST OF EVENTS

Thursday 18 April 7pm~
Welcome drinks for those already in town (post 115)
T’CAFE at the T38 Observation Deck of the JR Tower
Meet in the Holiday Inn lobby at 6:25pm, leave at 6:30pm

Friday 19 April 10am~ (post 203 for meeting place info)
(Walking) tour of Sapporo - meet at Exit 8 (top of the elevator) of Subway Ōdōri station
A tour of Sapporo is likely to include Ōdōri Park, Sapporo Clock Tower, Former Hokkaidō Government Office Building, Sapporo Botanical Garden, Nijō Fish Market (for lunch), and depending on the weather Mount Moiwa for the view of the city or Sapporo Beer Museum.

Do Dinner 7pm~10pm (post 114)
Koropokkuru (古艪帆来 - コロポックル)
3rd Floor, Matsuoka Building, Minami 4-Jo Nishi 4, Chūō-ku, Sapporo

Saturday 20 April 9am~
Day trip to Otaru, with optional visit to Nikka Distillery, Yoichi (post 107)

Sunday 21 April
Historical Village of Hokkaido http://www.kaitaku.or.jp/info/info.htm
(post 111)

Monday-Tuesday 22-23 April
Post-Do trip to Noboribetsu Onsen (see post 98)
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Will be there - those confirmed for Do Dinner appear in BOLD as of 17 April

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BigRedBears
CDKing
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GarySTL
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keitherson
kirkwoodj
kpc
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krazykanuck
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NewbieRunner
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restlessinRNO
restlessinRNO +1
Sykes
The_Wrath_of_Khan
The_Wrath_of_Khan+1
The_Wrath_of_Khan+2
TravelKane
upup&away


Interested

949
angra
beckoa
CSCem
DLroads
harvardkim
Mrp Alert
pudgym29
serfty
silviatodd
vbh812
YYCowboy


Not this year

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ellyse
gvdIAD
wysiwyg

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Hotel and flights info

Hotels

CDKing : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
ClaudiSTR : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
GarySTL : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
GarySTL +1 : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
kirkwoodj : WBF Northgate
kpc : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
kpc +1 : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
krazykanuck : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
lking : WBF Chuo
NewbieRunner ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
nomadic.relief : Mercure
restlessinRNO : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
restlessinRNO +1 : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
TravelKane : ANA Holiday Inn Susukino


Flights

CDKing
April 18 . KE795 . ICN-CTS . 12:25 - 15:10
April 21 . KE796 . CTS-ICN . 17:55 - 21:15

ClaudiSTR
April 19 . NH2153 . NRT-CTS . 10:20 - 12:05
April 24 . NH056 . CTS-HND . 10:30 - 12:05

GarySTL
GarySTL+1
April 18 . NH2155 . NRT-CTS . 17:55 - 19:45
April 22 . ADO016 . CTS-HND .10:20 - 12:00

kpc
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April 18 . JL509 . HND-CTS . 09:30 - 11:05
April 24 . NH1693 . CTS-OKA . 10:40 - 14:30

NewbieRunner
April 18 . NH061 . HND-CTS . 11:00 - 12:35
April 24 . NH056 . CTS-HND . 10:30 - 12:05

restlessinRNO
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April 17 . TG670 . BKK-CTS . 23:45 - 08:30 +1
April 22 . TG671 . CTS-BKK . 10:30 - 15:30

TravelKane
April 17 . NH067 . HND-CTS . 14:00 - 15:35

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I guess itís about time I actually showed up to one of these...
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Never been to Hokkaido before. Both of us will try and get there!!
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Awesome! Does this make the greatest distance ever between consecutive same-dos?

Not sure I can make it but highly interested.
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I guess itís about time I actually showed up to one of these...
Yes, and the thread starter as well! So we can dispel the persistent rumour that SQ421 and penegal are the same person.
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Highly likely to make it. ^
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Looking forward to it!
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We are definitely interested. Thank you for organizing.
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Sounds interesting and looking forward to it.
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I'll do my best to make it; Hokkaido has long been on my must-visit list.
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I have a van up there and a house near Niseko (2.5) hours away from Sapporo which I'll be spending at least some of the time in. Also some of mentioned trying to do a post-DO in Vladivostok. Anyone interested?
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