13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kushiro
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Hakodate
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

1
day
Kushiro

Kushiro ©
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Akan Lake and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kushiro trip site .

Singapore, Singapore to Kushiro is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Kushiro at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake

2
nights
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 19th (Tue), sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum, then pick up some new knowledge with Kitaichi Glass 3gokan, and finally examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan. On the next day, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu, then look for gifts at Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Motosaburo Kaneko Store.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Otaru trip planner .

You can drive from Kushiro to Otaru in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kushiro in November: highs in Otaru hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village, identify plant and animal life at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Otaru to Noboribetsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village, Lake Toya
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Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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.
Get some historical perspective at Motomachi and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Hakodate and Onuma Park Walking Path. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Hakodate are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Susukino and Royce' Chocolate World. Shop till you drop at Northern Horse Park and Sapporo Factory. Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Kitahiroshima to see Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and look for gifts at Hibito.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hakodate in November: highs in Sapporo hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Northern Horse Park, Royce' Chocolate World, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space ©

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