13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Otaru
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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 9th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, get to know the fascinating history of Shinoridate Remains, then take a stroll through Motomachi, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12-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 Hakodate. Traveling from Singapore in May, expect Hakodate to be colder, temps between 18°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Trails
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath & Jigokudani) and Chitose (Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park & Royce' Chocolate World). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sapporo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chitose, Noboribetsu
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa journey planner.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Asahikawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Farm Tomita, Asahi-dake, Daisetsuzan
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kutchan-cho (Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place & Niseko Hanazono Resort), Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: make a trip to JR Otaru Station, get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, and get a sense of history and politics at Otaru City Office.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Otaru online journey planner .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Otaru, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Fukidashi Park, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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