15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Singapore

4
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.
Do your shopping at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Morning Market. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Hakodate and Hakodate Nanae Snow Park. Take a break from Hakodate with a short trip to Onuma Park Walking Path in Nanae-cho, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate online journey planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Hakodate at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

4
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yoichi Fisheries Museum and Shu Ogawara Museum of Art. Visiting Niseko Outdoor Center and Rusutsu Resort will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Shimamu Beach (in Shakotan-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, get a new perspective on nature at Kutchan Natural History Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Shimamu Beach, Niseko Outdoor Center, Rusutsu Resort
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

1
night
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 30th (Mon): make a trip to Asahikawa Station, view the masterpieces at Collection Hall Chair Gallery, then get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary maker app .

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. December in Asahikawa sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Shopping Parks
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo Beer Museum. Get in touch with nature at Otaru Canal and Jigokudani. There's much more to do: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo journey maker app .

Take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Baths Spas

Side Trips

Jigokudani, Otaru Canal
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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