12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Bring the kids along to Otaru Aquarium and Sapporo Science Center. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-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 Singapore to Sapporo. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Sapporo reach 0°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park

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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, and then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Cape Kamui, kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then make a trip to Cape Shakotan.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shakotan-cho online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Shakotan-cho takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shakotan-cho are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip maker .

Drive from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. December in Hakodate sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Shirahige Falls has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Campana Rokkatei and Goro's Stone House. Bring the kids along to Garden of Wind and House made by waste material. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shikisai no Oka, and delve into the lush surroundings at Biruke no Mori.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Biei-cho trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hakodate to Biei-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect Biei-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Furano
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Garden of Wind ©
Garden of Wind
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

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