8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  13 h
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take a stroll through Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate day trip site .

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. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Hakodate to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arishima Memorial Center, then hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then head outdoors with Niseko Village Pure, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Niseko-cho road trip planner .

You can drive from Hakodate to Niseko-cho in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Niseko-cho are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Spas
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Spas

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then get outside with Sanlaiva Ski Area, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muroran Hachimangu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu road trip tool .

Getting from Niseko-cho to Noboribetsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Muroran Hachimangu Shrine
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Sapporo Teine, contemplate the long history of Hokusei Memorial House, and then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and then admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sapporo tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Noboribetsu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

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night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Shrine and then look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Otaru online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Sumiyoshi Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): fly down the slopes at Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort and then take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa travel route planner.

You can drive from Otaru to Asahikawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Asahikawa sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -5°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort

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