21 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

21 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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21 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Haboro-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kamikawa-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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 13th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Goryokaku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Hakodate is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakajima Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Noboribetsu tour planner.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nakajima Shrine, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Lake Toya
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): hit the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Noboribetsu in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Haboro-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Niseko-cho
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Spas

2
nights
Haboro-cho

Haboro-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Onko no Sho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then make a trip to Akaiwa Observatory, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kannonzaki Observation Deck. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Yagishiri Menyo Bokujo, stroll around Misakidai Park, then don't miss a visit to Shosanbetsu Astronomical Observatory, and finally take an in-depth tour of Haboro Folk Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Haboro-cho trip planning app .

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Haboro-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Haboro-cho

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Shosanbetsu-mura
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Misakidai Park ©
Misakidai Park
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Shosanbetsu Astronomical Observatory ©

2
nights
Kamikawa-cho

Kamikawa-cho ©
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Nakadake Onsen, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally admire the engineering at Taisetu Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, take in panoramic vistas at Tengudaira Observation Deck, and then take an in-depth tour of Engarucho Buried Cultural Property Center.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamikawa-cho online day trip planner .

Getting from Haboro-cho to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Haboro-cho in December, plan for little chillier nights in Kamikawa-cho, with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Engaru-cho, Kurodake, Mikuni Pass
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Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Mikuni Pass ©
Mikuni Pass
Onsen Resorts

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, stroll through Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and finally walk around Hoppo Yasoen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka, then hit the slopes at Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort, and then don't miss a visit to Kibana no Mori.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hoppo Yasoen
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, then take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, and then examine the collection at Furabi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Furano and then explore the activities along Blue Pond.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Furano travel planner.

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Furano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Furano, with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mt. Furano, Shirogane Blue Pond, Farm Tomita
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Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Moiwa, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo journey maker app .

You can drive from Furano to Sapporo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Furano in December since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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