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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​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.
Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip maker app .

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Sapporo. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Sapporo reach 0°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then hit the slopes at Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort, and then don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then don't miss a visit to Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakajima Shrine, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip planner .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in December: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Nakajima Shrine
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Niseko Outdoor Center and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort, and then stroll around Fukidashi Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kutchan-cho travel route app .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in December: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fukidashi Park, Niseko Outdoor Center
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Fukidashi Park ©
Fukidashi Park

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 18th (Wed): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then take a stroll through Motomachi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

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 bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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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