13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h
1
Chitose
— Few hours
bus:  2​h
2
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Otaru
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Asahikawa
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Hakodate
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  30​min
11
Chitose
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chitose route maker website .

Singapore, Singapore to Chitose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In December, Chitose is colder than Singapore - with highs of 1°C and lows of -9°C. You will leave for Niseko-cho on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Museums Outdoors
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1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Niseko Village Ski Resort as well as Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Niseko-cho travel route website .

You can drive from Chitose to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. Traveling from Chitose in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Niseko-cho, with lows around -1°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odori Park. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll around Odori Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sapporo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Niseko-cho in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toOtaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park

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day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Otaru Canal as well as Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. On the 16th (Mon), sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Otaru fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo
To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Otaru to Sapporo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Asahikawa on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, stroll through Asahiyama Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

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nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Jinko Yuki Tanjo no Chi Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Hokkaido University Former Sapporo Agricultural School and Library, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, then make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, then get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Noboribetsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Zenkoji Temple
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple

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 21st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Shinoridate Remains, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St.John's Church Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Hakodate Orthodox Church ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo
On the 23rd (Mon), appreciate the history behind Bokudo Statue and then buy something for everyone on your list at Sapporo Factory.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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Maruyama Zoo
Maruyama Zoo
Hoheikan ©
Hoheikan
Sapporo Factory ©
Sapporo Factory

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Chitose

Chitose ©
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chitose trip planner .

Chitose is just a stone's throw from Sapporo. Traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for little chillier nights in Chitose, with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chitose

Museums
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Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World

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