14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Step out of the city life by going to Otaru Canal and The North Country Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and JR Otaru Station (in Otaru). There's much more to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo online driving holiday 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Sapporo is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Sapporo at 6°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, The North Country Golf Club
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Viva Alpaca Farm and Yukomanbetsu Swamp. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Shirogane Blue Pond (in Biei-cho), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake, Asahi-dake, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake, walk around Hoppo Yasoen, and indulge your taste buds at Furano Budogaoka Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in November; daily highs in Asahikawa reach 2°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Onsen Resorts, Kurodake, Viva Alpaca Farm, Daisetsuzan
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, then take a stroll through Utoro Onsen, and finally make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kashuni Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. In December in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hokkaido
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): head outdoors with Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Akan-Mashu National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho online day trip planner .

You can drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In December in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Akan-Mashu National Park, Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary
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Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail ©
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 8th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

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Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Noboribetsu by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Teshikaga-cho in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Noboribetsu, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Nature Spas
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

2
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.
On the 9th (Mon), stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Spas Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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