12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then wander the streets of Motomachi, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and then glide through natural beauty at Hakodate Nanae Snow Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hakodate tour builder website .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water, get outside with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, head outdoors with Niseko Village Ski Resort, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho travel route builder .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for little chillier days in Kutchan-cho, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Lake Toya, Mt. Yotei Spring Water
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls, Shirogane Blue Pond, & more), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, get outside with Roller Coaster Road, and take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita.

Plan my trip to Asahikawa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Furano, Biei-cho, Daisetsuzan, Farm Tomita, Roller Coaster Road
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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