12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Bus to Kranji Stn, Bus to Singapore Changi, Fly to New Chitose
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Obihiro
— 1 night
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Fly to Singapore Changi, Bus to Khatib, Bus to Johor Bahru

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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Royce' Chocolate World and Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery. Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Fushimi Inari Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Katsura Gulf Club (in Tomakomai), Chitose (Spas, The North Country Golf Club, &more) and Bibai (Old Mitsui Bibai Dai 2 Kosentanjo, Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, take a stroll through Susukino, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Otaru Soko No.1 Brewery, and indulge your taste buds at Chitosetsuru Sake Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip app.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johor Bahru in January: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -3°C and lows are around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Obihiro.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obihiro

— 1 night
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Obihiro Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, try your luck at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track, then examine the collection at Showa Natsukashikan, then examine the collection at Beet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Obihiro trip planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Obihiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Obihiro are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Spas

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then get your bearings at Former Muroran Station Tourist Information Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muroran Hachimangu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip planner.

Drive from Obihiro to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Obihiro in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kutchan-cho

— 2 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Niseko Village Ski Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, then head outdoors with Rusutsu Resort Ski, and finally stroll around Fukidashi Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Noboribetsu in January, plan for little chillier days in Kutchan-cho, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

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 10th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then take a stroll through Motomachi, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take an in-depth tour of Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Hachiman Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.