10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Chitose
Train:  30 min
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Rusutsu-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  4 h 15 min
5
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Chitose
— 1 night
End: Chitose

1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sapporo St. Michael's Church, Nakajima Park, Sapporo Beer Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Rusutsu-mura to Sapporo in 2 hours. Traveling from Rusutsu-mura in December, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (0°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

2
nights
Rusutsu-mura

Rusutsu-mura ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rusutsu Resort Ski as well as Niseko Village Ski Resort. On the 29th (Sun), hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort and then walk around Fukidashi Park. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Rusutsu Resort Ski.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rusutsu-mura holiday builder website .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Rusutsu-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rusutsu-mura are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Rusutsu-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Fukidashi Park, Niseko Village Ski Resort
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Fukidashi Park ©
Fukidashi Park

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Chikyu as well as Lake Toya. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally see the interesting displays at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Temple, make a trip to Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu travel route app .

Take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rusutsu-mura.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Cape Chikyu, Zenkoji Temple, Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple

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 26th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate and then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate journey site .

Chitose to Hakodate is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chitose in December, Hakodate is a bit warmer at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shirogane Blue Pond. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo and then contemplate the long history of Aibetsu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Asahikawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in January, you will find days in Asahikawa are little chillier (-6°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chitose.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Aibetsu Shrine
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

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.
Lake Shikotsu has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu and then examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

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

Getting from Asahikawa to Chitose by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in January, you will find days in Chitose are somewhat warmer (-1°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-14°C). You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chitose

Museums Parks Nature
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Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu

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