15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Chitose
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Otaru
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Chitose

Chitose ©
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Racey Ski Resort (in Yubari) and Lake Utonai (in Tomakomai). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu, have fun at Hello Kitty Happy Flight, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chitose Shrine, and get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chitose trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Chitose is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Chitose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Chitose hover around 1°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tomakomai, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Mount Racey Ski Resort, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido ©
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Otaru: Kiroro Snow World (in Akaigawa-mura) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, take in panoramic vistas at Mount Kenashi View Point, and hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Otaru trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Chitose to Otaru takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chitose in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Otaru, with lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kiroro Snow World, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©

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.
Sapporo is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, museums, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo road trip tool .

You can take a train from Otaru to Sapporo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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 30th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu.

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

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Chikyu
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park

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