12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
3
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Chitose

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Sapporo at 6°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park

2
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 1st (Sun), appreciate the history behind Takuboku Ishikawa Statue and Monument and then see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
On the 3rd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji and then explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Otaru tour builder website .

Drive from Asahikawa to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Otaru, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru  Aquarium ©
Otaru Aquarium
Otaru Denuki Koji ©
Otaru Denuki Koji

2
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Village Ski Resort and then get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

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Drive from Otaru to Niseko-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally stroll through Goryokaku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue, laugh and play at Hakodate Park, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. In December in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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