13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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Hakodate

— 2 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 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, wander the streets of Motomachi, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally walk around Goryokaku Park. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Hakodate Nanae Snow Park and then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate travel route planner.

Manila, Philippines to Hakodate is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Hakodate. Traveling from Manila in December, expect Hakodate to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 3 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.
Attractions like Otaru Canal and Odori Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo vacation maker.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Asahikawa

— 3 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Asahiyama Zoo and Asahiyama Yuki no Mura. Venture out of the city with trips to Roller Coaster Road (in Kamifurano-cho), Furano (Campana Rokkatei & Furano Ski Resort) and Kamikawa-cho (Oyuki Morino Garden & Daisetsuzan). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Shirogane Blue Pond, cruise along Patchwork no Michi, don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 2 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, then get outside with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Kutchan-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Kutchan-cho are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 2nd (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Muroran City Aquarium and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

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.