11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kula, Maui
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
End: Kula, Maui

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.
Sapporo Clock Tower and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). The adventure continues: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Make your Sapporo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Kula, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 19 hours traveling from Kula to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kula in December, expect Sapporo to be cooler, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Baths Spas

Side Trips

Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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 29th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katta Shrine.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu tour itinerary app .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Spas
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Katta Shrine ©
Katta Shrine

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Noboribetsu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Niseko Outdoor Center
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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 31st (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Hakodate sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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