11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Otaru
— 4 nights
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Furano
— 1 night
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Otaru — 4 nights

Town of Hills

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai and Otaru-shi General Museum. Otaru City Meeting Hall and Old Mitsui Bibai Dai 2 Kosentanjo will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Otaru: Kutchan-cho (Niseko Hanazono Resort & White Isle Niseko), Yamazaki Winery (in Mikasa) and Shakotan-cho (Shakotan Peninsula, Cape Kamui, &more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shinsennuma, get outside with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Otaru tour website.

Singapore, Singapore to Otaru is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Otaru. Traveling from Singapore in May, expect Otaru to be colder, temps between 17°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Furano.
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Furano — 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Mon), stroll around Furano Budogaoka Park, look for gifts at Campana Rokkatei, examine the collection at Kita no Kunikara Museum, then view the masterpieces at Photo Gallery Oka-No Shashin-Kan, then hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, and finally see the interesting displays at Furabi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Furano day trip planner.

Getting from Otaru to Furano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Otaru in May, expect nights in Furano to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.
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Asahikawa — 1 night

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 26th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae, then take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, then view the masterpieces at Collection Hall Chair Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Furano to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Furano in May, expect nights in Asahikawa to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 1 night

CIty of Ramen

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 27th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, then see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo journey planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Hakodate.
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Hakodate — 3 nights

City of Lights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, then contemplate the long history of Hakodate Gokoku Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Jinkawa Onsen Park Golf Course, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally take a stroll through Motomachi.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip maker site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Hakodate are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
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