10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Hong Kong

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

Hong Kong, China to Hakodate is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Hakodate. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, things will get colder in Hakodate: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll around Fukidashi Park, then get in on the family fun at Rusutsu Resort, and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for little chillier days in Kutchan-cho, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Asahikawa Ekimae, then make a trip to Asahikawa Station, and finally pause for some photo ops at Takuboku Ishikawa Statue and Monument.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa travel route planner.

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Asahikawa Station ©
Asahikawa Station

4
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.
Get outdoors at Otaru Canal and Okurayama Lookout. Kids will enjoy Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Shiroi Koibito Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Katta Shrine). The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, and walk around Odori Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip builder site .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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