16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Chitose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Furano
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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 27th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then get impressive views of Showashinzan, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu online itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Noboribetsu is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Noboribetsu due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Noboribetsu reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Showashinzan, Lake Toya
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

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 29th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then experience rural life at Ueno Farm, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally take a memorable drive along Patchwork no Michi. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, then cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in November, expect Asahikawa to be slightly colder, temps between 2°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi

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 Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, and stroll through Okurayama Lookout.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo day trip website .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Asahikawa in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chitose: Nibutani Ainu Museum (in Biratori-cho) and Mount Racey Ski Resort (in Yubari). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, and experience rural life at Ecorin Village.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chitose route planner.

Chitose is just a stone's throw from Sapporo. Expect little chillier evenings in Chitose when traveling from Sapporo in December, with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Northern Horse Park, Mount Racey Ski Resort, Nibutani Ainu Museum, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, Ecorin Village
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Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium ©
Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Nibutani Ainu Museum ©
Nibutani Ainu Museum

3
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stop by Campana Rokkatei, fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, then don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, tee off at Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Area, then do a tasting at Furano Budogaoka Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Garden of Wind.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Furano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chitose to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Chitose in December, you will find days in Furano are little chillier (-1°C), and nights are about the same (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Area, Farm Tomita
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Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

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