9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido Trip Planner

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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Yakumo-cho
— 1 day
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Toyoura-cho
— 1 night
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Niseko-cho
— 1 night
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
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Otaru
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Hakodate

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate and then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate holiday builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Hakodate is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Hakodate to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Yakumo-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature · Parks

Yakumo-cho

— 1 day
On the 9th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuma no Yu Open Air Bath, walk around Funkawan Bay Panorama Park, and then examine the collection at Yakumocho Carved Wooden Bears Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yakumo-cho trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Hakodate to Yakumo-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Toyoura-cho.

Things to do in Yakumo-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

Toyoura-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Indian Water Wheel Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Toyoura-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yakumo-cho to Toyoura-cho takes 1.5 hours. In December in Toyoura-cho, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Toyoura-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn from the experts at GoSnow.

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Getting from Toyoura-cho to Niseko-cho by car takes about an hour. In December in Niseko-cho, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Tours · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip itinerary site.

Getting from Niseko-cho to Noboribetsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Otaru

— 1 night

Town of Hills

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 13th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Former Motosaburo Kaneko Store, then make a trip to Otaru Canal, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, and finally stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Otaru road trip planning tool.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Otaru by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, expect nights in Otaru to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Shopping

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.
On the 14th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), admire the landmark architecture of Sapporo Dome, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally stroll around Odori Park. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sapporo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Sapporo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.