22 days in Hokkaido, Hakuba-mura & Shikoku Itinerary

22 days in Hokkaido, Hakuba-mura & Shikoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Niseko-cho
— 4 nights
2
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
3
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
5
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
6
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
7
Matsuyama
— 2 nights

4
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niseko-cho: Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park (in Rusutsu-mura), Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho) and Noboribetsu (Onibokora & Noboribetsu Date Historic Village). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, head outdoors with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, stop by Kanrosui, and make a trip to Cape Chikyu.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Niseko-cho trip maker website.

Brisbane, Australia to Niseko-cho is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Brisbane to Niseko-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Niseko-cho to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muroran, Noboribetsu, Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, Showashinzan
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park ©
Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of Kutchan-cho with an excursion to Kiroro Snow World in Akaigawa-mura--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Niseko Hanazono Resort, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho sightseeing planning website.

Kutchan-cho is just a short distance from Niseko-cho. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kiroro Snow World
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, thenrelax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, thenget in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Asahikawa Station, visit Seven Stars Tree, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Asahikawa road trip planner.

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in January: highs in Asahikawa hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Shibusawa Soko, Former Maebori Store, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sapporo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

4
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Matsumoto Castle, &more), Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino) and Yamanouchi-machi (Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Glad Quad, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura attractions site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakuba-mura in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: highs in Hakuba-mura hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Matsumoto, Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 12th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, thencontemplate the long history of Kikugetsutei, thengo for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and finally look for gifts at Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, thenexplore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ubushina Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takamatsu route builder website.

You can do a combination of shuttle, train, subway, and flight from Hakuba-mura to Takamatsu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January: high temperatures in Takamatsu hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Ubushina Shrine, Kotohira-gu, Marugame Castle
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 14th (Thu), look for gifts at Mikan Yokocho Ropewaygai-branch, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, test the waters at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, thenmake a trip to Shinrokaku, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ozu Castle, don't miss a visit to Garyu Sanso, thensteep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, thenget engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuge Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama online vacation planner.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho, Ozu
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Thermal Spas

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