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We wanted to visit the Sapporo and Otaru snow festivals together with the Cranes near Kushiro but did not want to drive in the snow. Kaoru built us an itinerary to take us around the island using sightseeing and express buses that we could never have found ourselves.
The trip worked perfectly, the buses arrived on time even in the snow, the drivers had us on their list so were looking for us, so it was easy. The hotels were all good as well. As this was our second trip booked by Kaoru, she knew what we wanted.
The snow festivals were great, a bit cold at times, and each was very different. Whilst Sapporo is the famous one, the smaller festivals at Otaru and Sounkyo are probably more fun. The cranes were just amazing, we had a taxi for 6 hours, we could have stayed even longer. Add in frozen lakes, hot springs, an ice drift cruise and, of course, Onsen at several of the hotels, it made for a great holiday.