21 days in Niseko-cho, Hakodate & Tokyo Itinerary

21 days in Niseko-cho, Hakodate & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Niseko-cho
— 7 nights
2
Hakodate
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 8 nights

7
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Toya Ranch and Toyako Visitor Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Zenkoji Temple. Explore Niseko-cho's surroundings by going to Toyako-cho (Toyako Gurutto Chokoku Park, Toyako Volcano Science Museum, &more), Sobetsu-cho (Sobetsu Park & Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden) and Indian Water Wheel Park (in Toyoura-cho). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at Arishima Memorial Center, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Niseko-cho tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Niseko-cho is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Niseko-cho hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Muroran, Sobetsu-cho, Makkari-mura, Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Onuma Quasi-National Park and Kyu Soma-tei. Kids will enjoy Mt. Hakodate Observatory and St.John's Church Hakodate. Venture out of the city with trips to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Onuma Lake (in Nanae-cho). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Hakodate Park, stop by Hakodateyama Ropeway Sancho Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and catch the contagious excitement of Hakodate Horse Racetrack.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Hakodate takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Hakodate Park ©
Hakodate Park
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

8
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yomiuri Land and Enoshima Sea Candle. Family-friendly places like Subway Museum and Hozomon will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tama Zoological Park (in Hino), Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center (in Tsuru) and Funabashi Andersen Park (in Funabashi). There's still lots to do: hike along Kamakura Hiking Trails, get curious at Tsukuba Space Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koami Shrine, and walk around Chiba Zoological Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura Hiking Trails, Chiba Zoological Park, Tama Zoological Park, Kodomo-no-Kuni, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center
Highlights from your plan
Tama Zoological Park ©
Tama Zoological Park
Funabashi Andersen Park ©
Funabashi Andersen Park

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