8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Hakodate is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 21st (Sat), hit the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Niseko Outdoor Center
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1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu road trip app .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

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night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka, fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asahikawa day trip planning app .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, expect Asahikawa to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally get great views at Mt. Moiwa. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout and then find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sapporo holiday planner .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Sapporo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

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