45 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

45 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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45 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h
1
Hakodate
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Furano
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Asahikawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kamikawa-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sapporo
— 8 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Houkiji Temple (in Hokuto), Matsumae Park (in Matsumae-cho) and Nanae-cho (Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, Lake Konumako, & more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, get outside with Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12-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. In December, Hakodate is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Houkiji Temple, Matsumae Park
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park ©
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
Hakodate Park ©
Hakodate Park

5
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: Rusutsu Resort (in Rusutsu-mura), Flower Parking (in Makkari-mura) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, fly down the slopes at Kiroro Snow World, make a trip to Cape Kamui, and walk around Fukidashi Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Makkari-mura, Cape Kamui, Kiroro Snow World, Fukidashi Park
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

5
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kids will enjoy Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe. Explore Noboribetsu's surroundings by going to Muroran (Cape Chikyu & Muroran Hachimangu Shrine), Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Showashinzan) and Tomakomai (Tarumaesan Shrine & Tomakomai City Science Center). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, explore the activities along Lake Toya, identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Noboribetsu day trip planning tool .

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Muroran, Sobetsu-cho, Tomakomai, Toyako Volcano Science Museum, Sendaihan Shiraoi Motojinya Museum
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Sahoro Resort Ski Place and Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Area will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Furano side-trips: Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls, Shirogane Blue Pond, & more), Shikaoi-cho (Shikanoyu & Mt Hakuun) and Karikachi Kogen Eco Torokko (in Shintoku-cho). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Furano, and admire the natural beauty at Garden of Wind.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Furano online travel planner .

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Furano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, expect Furano to be slightly colder, temps between -1°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Shimukappu-mura, Shintoku-cho, Shikaoi-cho, Utashinai
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Mina-Mina Beach ©
Mina-Mina Beach
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort

6
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 Asahikawa Science Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Parent & Child Tree (Biei-cho), Ken & Mary Tree, & more) and Uryunuma Moor (in Uryu-cho). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, fly down the slopes at Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort, admire the masterpieces at Arte Piazza Bibai, and take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Furano to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Asahikawa are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Uryu-gun, Pippu Ski Area, Wassamu Higashiyama Ski Area, Asahi-dake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi

2
nights
Kamikawa-cho

Kamikawa-cho ©
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, hike along Susoaidaira, take in the awesome beauty at Akadake Ginsendai, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Midori, take in the dramatic scenery at Ginga Falls, and then get engrossed in the history at Engarucho Buried Cultural Property Center.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kamikawa-cho trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Asahikawa to Kamikawa-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kamikawa-cho when traveling from Asahikawa in January, with lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Engarucho Buried Cultural Property Center, Kurodake
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Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Kurodake ©
Kurodake
Sounkyo Gorge ©
Sounkyo Gorge

6
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Godzilla Rock and Lake Kussharo Sand Bath. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Ippon no Michi), Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io, Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, & more) and Abashiri Prison Museum (in Abashiri). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, and admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Shari-cho takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kamikawa-cho in January since evenings lows in Shari-cho dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Hokkaido, Kiyosato-cho, Abashiri Prison Museum
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

8
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.
Bring the kids along to Shiroi Koibito Park and Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Chitose (Lake Shikotsu & Onsen Resorts), Otaru (Otaru Denuki Koji, Otaru Canal, & more) and Hokkaido Greenland (in Iwamizawa). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru, Chitose, Hokkaido Greenland
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 18:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

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