20 days in East Asia Itinerary

20 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Furano
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Abashiri
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Singapore

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Tokyo

— 2 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation website.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, get engrossed in the history at Goryokaku Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then make a trip to Enmado. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and finally stroll around Sengen Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Noboribetsu trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Niseko-cho

— 1 night

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
On the 16th (Thu), get outside with Iwaonupuri, then get outside with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, then hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, and finally stop by Kanrosui. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Niseko-cho attractions planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Niseko-cho in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Niseko-cho can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, make a trip to Otaru Canal, get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, then make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa, wander the streets of Susukino, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, and finally stroll around Odori Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. While traveling from Niseko-cho, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Furano

— 2 nights
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
On the 20th (Mon), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Furano Onsen Shisainoyu, don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Wind, and finally look for gifts at Furano Marche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Choei Lavender Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, then examine the collection at Kita no Kunikara Museum, then visit Glass Forest in FURANO, and finally examine the collection at Furabi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Furano trip planner.

Drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, Furano is slightly colder at night with lows of -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Winter Sports

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): go for a walk through Asahiyama Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, then make a trip to Asahikawa Station, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, then hit the slopes at Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Heiwa Street Shopping Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa road trip app.

Getting from Furano to Asahikawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Asahikawa are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Biei-cho

— 1 night
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shirogane Onsen Public Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shikisai no Oka, and finally make a trip to Christmas Tree no Ki. On your second day here, stop by Asahidake Ropeway, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, explore the activities along Sugatami no Ike Lake, take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, then take a memorable drive along Patchwork no Michi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Biei-cho day trip tool.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Biei-cho in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Asahikawa in December since evenings lows in Biei-cho dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri

— 2 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Abashiri, make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, then get engrossed in the history at Moyoro Kaizuka-kan, and finally make a trip to Cape Notoro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, cruise along Road to Heaven, don't miss a visit to Kitahama Station, then take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, and finally make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Abashiri tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Abashiri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Abashiri sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.