16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  11​h 45​min
1
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Chitose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
8
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
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 6th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, stroll through Otaru Canal, get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu, then look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Otaru sightseeing planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Otaru is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Singapore to Otaru, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Otaru at 0°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru  Aquarium ©
Otaru Aquarium
Mt.Tengu ©
Mt.Tengu

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei, then stroll around Fukidashi Park, and then get outside with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Otaru to Kutchan-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fukidashi Park, Mt. Yotei
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Spas

1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho trip planner .

Niseko-cho is just a stone's throw from Kutchan-cho. In December, daytime highs in Niseko-cho are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then laugh and play at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Toya, then meet the residents at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Noboribetsu takes 1.5 hours. In December in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Chitose.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Toya
Highlights from your plan
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu, play a few rounds at The North Country Golf Club, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium, then examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Hello Kitty Happy Flight.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chitose trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Chitose in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Chitose when traveling from Noboribetsu in December, with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Baths
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium ©
Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium
The North Country Golf Club ©
The North Country Golf Club

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: Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsuzan & Akadake Ginsendai), Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka & Shirogane Blue Pond) and Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, hit the slopes at Santa Present Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, and get outside with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Chitose to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chitose in December, you will find days in Asahikawa are a bit cooler (-2°C), and nights are a bit warmer (-5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamikawa-cho, Furano, Biei-cho, Asahi-dake, Kurodake
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Shiroi Koibito Park and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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.
On the 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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