15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Furano
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Niseko-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

4
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Furano Ski Resort and Hoshino Resort Tomamu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Furano: Asahikawa (Asahiyama Zoo & Asahikawa Station). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Farm Tomita Lavender East, experience rural life at Saika no sato, and take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Wind.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Furano route maker site .

Manila, Philippines to Furano is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Manila in January, expect Furano to be cooler, temps between -5°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Asahikawa, Saika no sato, Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Area, Farm Tomita Lavender East
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Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Saika no sato ©
Saika no sato

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Usuzan Ropeway. Step out of Noboribetsu to go to Muroran and see Cape Chikyu, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, enjoy breathtaking views from Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, and meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu vacation site .

You can drive from Furano to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Furano in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Noboribetsu: highs are around 0°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Muroran
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park

4
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rusutsu Resort Ski and Hanazono Niseko Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Niseko-cho: Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho) and Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, contemplate the long history of Yoteino Wakimizu, stroll through Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and take some stellar pictures from Niseko Annupuri Gondola.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Niseko-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Niseko-cho in 1.5 hours. In January in Niseko-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Fukidashi Park, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Yoteino Wakimizu, Silo Viewing Platform
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

4
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.
Step out of Sapporo with an excursion to Otaru Canal in Otaru--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Odori Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planner.

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. When traveling from Niseko-cho in January, plan for slightly colder days in Sapporo, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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