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If your trip to Niseko is all sorted out but your travel itinerary is a bit on the empty side, let us give you a few hints and tips.
Not far from the heart of the city, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu is one spot you might like to consider adding to your must-see list. Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area are also nearby and worth a pit stop.
Niseko is home to some sensational sights, but there are other things to keep you entertained in the surrounding area. How does a landmark attraction sound to you? Sapporo Beer Museum is worth a visit. You'll find it in Sapporo, 37 miles away.
Here are our suggestions on how to hop behind the wheel of a rental car with some extra cash in your wallet:
No other mode of transportation can give you freedom and convenience like your own wheels. No matter the reason for your travels to Niseko, CarRentals.com has a terrific range of vehicles to drive off in. Heading to the city with your significant other? Make things even cozier by going for a convertible. Loads of fun to drive and a piece of cake to park, you'll love sitting next to each other in one of these little rides. A full-size SUV is a great choice for big families. There's enough room for everyone and you can go where you want, when you want. If you're traveling for work, a premium car will get you from the boardroom to your hotel in sophisticated style.
There's plenty of choice when it comes to rental cars in Niseko. From SUVs with space to spare to zippy compacts that make parking a cinch, you'll find it all here. Choosing your ride of course depends on your budget and where you plan to go. There are some road trips that are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas other adventures don't need anything more than a bargain, no-frills type model. Which car will you be sliding behind the wheel of this time?
Before you take to the road in Niseko, get your head around the local traffic rules and regulations. From rules about turning at red lights to parking restrictions, here's the lowdown:
In Niseko, you'll need to stick to the left-hand side of the road. That means the driver's seat is on the right side. If your rental vehicle has a manual transmission, you'll have to get used to changing gears with your left hand.
It can be. Circling the block searching for a parking spot is a common experience in Niseko. Getting close to busy attractions is easier if you plan ahead.
One of the great things about escaping to a smaller city is less traffic, so you won't need to stress too much about rush-hour gridlock. With a population of roughly 4,700, you can look forward to a smooth Niseko driving experience.
There sure are. In Niseko, speed limits range from 30 km/h to 100 km/h. Most built-up areas have a maximum speed limit of 40 km/h unless marked otherwise.
Normally, one of two things will happen. Your rental company may charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the most common practice. Alternatively, it may pass on your contact information to the relevant local agency so the fine is sent directly to you.
If you have hands-free functions like Bluetooth enabled, you are allowed to use your phone while driving in Niseko. But ensure you stay focused on the road.
While driving in Niseko, it's an offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) higher than 0.03%. Planning to have a few beers with lunch or dinner? Consider booking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
No. In Niseko, red equals stop, with no exceptions. When approaching traffic lights, always maintain a safe speed so you can easily stop when you need to.
Seat belts have to be worn in Abuta. Having said that, the rules may differ for certain vehicles, like those used by public transportation networks.