12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido route planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Chitose
— 1 night
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
3
Rusutsu-mura
— 1 night
4
Otaru
— 1 night
5
Sapporo
— 2 nights
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights

S M T W T F S
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

1
night
Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chitose itinerary maker site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Chitose is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Chitose to be cooler, temps between 1°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Chitose

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu travel route app.

You can drive from Chitose to Noboribetsu in an hour. Traveling from Chitose in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Noboribetsu, with lows around -1°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rusutsu-mura.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Spas

1
night
Rusutsu-mura

Rusutsu-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): hit the slopes at Rusutsu Resort Ski and then pause for some photo ops at Boshi Statue.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rusutsu-mura online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Rusutsu-mura in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rusutsu-mura are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Rusutsu-mura

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Otaru-shi General Museum, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and then see the interesting displays at Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Otaru sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rusutsu-mura to Otaru by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Rusutsu-mura in December, you will find days in Otaru are slightly colder (0°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Karafuto Kankei Museum. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Asobeach Ishikari, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Sapporo sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©

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.
On the 4th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, examine the collection at Hokkaido Konbukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries, go for a walk through Hiyori Hill, then admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, and finally visit Motomachi. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, take an in-depth tour of Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum, then try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Casinos

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

Similar plans

15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Sapporo BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, kids, popular sights Preferences: April, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Hakodate, Sapporo & Nagoya BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM HONG KONG SAR CHINA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, hidden gems Preferences: December Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, hidden gems Preferences: December Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in Sapporo, Nagoya & Osaka BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans