17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate road trip site .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Hakodate is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Hakodate reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hakodate Park ©
Hakodate Park
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho) and Rusutsu Resort (in Rusutsu-mura). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, walk around Fukidashi Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on Niseko Outdoor Center.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip tool .

Drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Toya, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muroran Hachimangu Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Muroran Hachimangu Shrine, Lake Toya
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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.
Kids will enjoy Asahiyama Zoo and Oyuki Morino Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Biei Shrine, Blue Pond, & more) and Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, expect Asahikawa to be a bit cooler, temps between -2°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Kamikawa-cho, Kurodake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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.
Kids will enjoy Shiroi Koibito Park and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Otaru Denuki Koji, Otaru Canal, & more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Sapporo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Otaru
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

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