12 days in Hakone-machi, Tokyo Prefecture & Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hakone-machi, Tokyo Prefecture & Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hakone-machi, Tokyo Prefecture & Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakone-machi is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Hakone-machi at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

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Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, and then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Asahikawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Asahikawa are colder (-2°C), and nights are little chillier (-5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

2
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 14th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take a stroll through Susukino, then stop by Hokkaido Sapporo"Eat&Sightseeing" Information Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

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