12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sapporo
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Otaru
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Sapporo

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.
Visit Sapporo Clock Tower and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo route maker site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Spas Baths Parks
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1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Lake Toya has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu vacation planner.

You can take a train from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Toya
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Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
night
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 3rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Shinoridate Remains and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate tour planner .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi

2
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Shu Ogawara Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Niseko-cho tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Niseko-cho takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Onsen Resorts
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan and The Site of Temiya Line. Attractions like Shimamu Beach and Otaru Denuki Koji make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Otaru to go to Yoichi-cho and see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, make a trip to Asakusa Bridge, and stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Otaru itinerary planning site .

Drive from Niseko-cho to Otaru in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, expect nights in Otaru to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Shimamu Beach, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

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