13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Appreciate the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Hello Kitty Happy Flight). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo travel route planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Sapporo to be colder, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Chitose
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, then get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kamuikotan.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Yoichi Fisheries Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, examine the collection at Otaru-shi General Museum, then examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Glass Studio in Otaru, examine the collection at Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique, explore the world behind art at Otaru Art Base, Stained Glass Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Otaru Art Base, then see the interesting displays at Taishougarasu Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Motosaburo Kaneko Store.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Otaru trip itinerary site .

Drive from Asahikawa to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Otaru are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trip

Yoichi-cho
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Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
Otaru Art Base ©
Otaru Art Base
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 23rd (Mon), examine the collection at Koshu Kitano Museum, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, engage your brain at Toyako Volcano Science Museum, get all the information you need at Toyako Visitor Center, then browse the collection at Mizumi Reading House, and finally explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Otaru to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Lake Toya
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Toyako Visitor Center ©
Toyako Visitor Center
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum

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.
Let the collections at Hakodate Magistrate's Office and Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and take an in-depth tour of Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hakodate Magistrate's Office ©
Hakodate Magistrate's Office
Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples ©

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