13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

3
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.
Take a break from Hakodate with a short trip to Hakodate Nanae Snow Park in Nanae-cho, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take a stroll through Motomachi, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Hakodate is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get colder in Hakodate: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, and get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Hokkaido, Mt. Yotei Spring Water, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka & Shirogane Blue Pond), Farm Tomita (in Nakafurano-cho) and Furano (Furabi & Furano Ski Resort). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, and get outside with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Asahikawa trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Furano, Daisetsuzan, Kurodake, Farm Tomita
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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.
Step out of Sapporo to go to Otaru and see Otaru Canal, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo attractions site .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sapporo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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