Rent a Car in Hokkaido

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Helpful information about Hokkaido

Transit and transportation
Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan. Spanning an area of around 32,200 square miles, it is the country’s second-largest island. The enormity of the land means that intercity travel can be quite a trip. Naturally, renting a car is the best way to get around.
About the airport
New Chitose Airport is the usual gateway to Hokkaido. With an average of 15 million travelers per year, it is the second busiest airport in Japan (as of August 2022). The car rental counters are located on the first floor of both the domestic and international terminals.
Sightseeing and activities
Given Hokkaido’s vast size, the optimal way to sightsee is to start your trip at New Chitose Airport, choose your desired destinations, and then explore the sites at your own pace in a rental car. When it comes to favored tourist spots, the Sapporo/Otaru area stands out as the prime attraction, just an hour’s journey away and welcoming visitors all year round. The Furano, Biei, and Asahikawa areas in central Hokkaido, as well as the Niseko area in the northwest, are the ultimate spots for nature lovers. All these places are within two to three hours’ reach from the airport. If you are interested in hot springs, the Noboribetsu/Lake Toya area in the southern part of Hokkaido is quite popular. Situated about an hour and 30 minutes from the airport via expressway, it offers a relaxing retreat after a long trip."
Seasonal information
Drive with caution during snowy winter months (November through April). The roads can become icy in mountainous areas, at nights, or in early mornings. Confirm ahead of time that your rental car agency has studless winter tires as part of their standard equipment. Drive safely and enjoy your trip to Hokkaido.