12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Chitose
Train:  1​h 30​min
1
Otaru
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Muroran
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
End: Chitose

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): snap pictures at Asakusa Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Hayakawa Branch Store.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Otaru road trip website .

Chitose to Otaru is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chitose in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Otaru, with lows around -2°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oshamanbe Inari Shrine as well as Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Step out of Kutchan-cho to go to Kyowa-cho and see Shinsennuma, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Otaru to Kutchan-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December in Kutchan-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Oshamanbe Inari Shrine, Shinsennuma
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakodate Museum of Art, Tachimachi Cape, Motomachi, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Daimon Yokocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, then explore the world behind art at Hakodate Museum of Art, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Muroran.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zenkoji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

1
night
Muroran

Muroran ©
Muroran is a city and port located in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Muroran Hachimangu Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Former Muroran Station Tourist Information Center.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Muroran online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Hakodate to Muroran in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Muroran are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Muroran

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Cape Chikyu ©
Cape Chikyu

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and then see the interesting displays at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Noboribetsu vacation maker site .

Noboribetsu is just a stone's throw from Muroran. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village ©
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and other attractions you added. Escape the urban bustle at Okurayama Lookout and Mt. Moiwa. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo tour itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Noboribetsu in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Asahiyama Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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