Our first trip visiting Hokkaido on our own – Sapporo > Otaru > Niseko > Hakodate > Toya-ko (by public transport).
Remaining snow was on the roads/pavements here and there, while some Azaleas were blossoming.
Easy day visit and stayed in hotel overlooking Otaru Port.
stayed in Niseko Konbu onsen for the first time. Returned in 2008 by car.
visited the Historical Buildings area including the ex-British Consulate where we had a tea set. Had dinner in the warehouse area. Returned in 2008 for Mt Hakodate night view and others.
Onuma National Park
On next day, went to the famous morning market to have breakfast. Took the Steam Locomotive (SL train) to visit Onuma National Park. Spent about 2 hours there.
Sakura Blossom in Hakodate
2nd stay in onsen hotel. Lucky to have fireworks commencing from 29th April – the first day of the golden week.