Monday, August 1, 2011
The Hokkaido self-drive experiece 北海道自驾体验
1. Otaru (with video)
Self-drive holidays in Hokkaido is an enlightening and enjoyable experience.
We visited beautiful places, many were off the beaten tracks, enchanting scenery, met friendly and helpful locals. We learned a lot about Japanese culture - through interaction with the people, through food that we enjoyed, through shops we frequented and through driving on the roads.
Before we left, I was apprehensive and worry over few things.
1. Are Japanese friendly? We may need a lot of help from them.
2. The traffic and roads condition.
3. I was told by car rental company that an English speaking GPS would be provided but the map is in Japanese.
4. The traffic law enforcement is very strict, would I be able to cope?
My fear was dispelled immediately after taking possession of our rented 8-seater MPV, a Toyota Vellfire (Alphard) at Toyota Rent-A-Car office near New Chitose Airport.
When I made booking of the MPV in Malaysia, no payment or deposit is necessary. It based on trust!
I settled the rental by credit card and a friendly staff brought us to the MPV with registration No: 8888. She taught me how to use the GPS, the control of the car and handed me a set of maps.
Our first destination was Otaru, a beautiful coastal town about 1 hour from the airport.
The speed allowed on expressway varied from section to section. It was showed on electronic signboards, usually 70-80 km/h.
Roads are classified as national roads (toll free) and tolled expressway.
Throughout our 2000-km journey, we have not once use our car horn .... and I heard honking (non-aggressive) 3 times only!
See Facebook for pictures.
See Youtube for video
1. 小樽 （备用录影）
当我们抵达了本田(Toyota Rent-A-Car) 在千岁机场附近的办公室，领取了我们所租下的 Toyota Vellfire 八个座位的休闲车之后，疑虑及担心都消失了。
道路的行车速度每路段不同，通常都是在70 - 80 公里之间，以电子板显现。
观赏 Youtube 录影