12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido tour planner
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Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Fly
4
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
5
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Sapporo — 3 nights

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.
Visit Sapporo Clock Tower and Hokkaido Jingu for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique, Otaru Canal, &more). There's much more to do: visit Susukino, walk around Odori Park, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and examine the collection at Minapa.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning site.

Tumon, Guam to Sapporo is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tumon to Sapporo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tumon in December, things will get much colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Biei-cho.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Biei-cho — 1 night

Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
On the 30th (Fri), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shirogane Onsen Public Center, explore the activities along Shirogane Blue Pond, admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine, and finally view the masterpieces at Takushinkan.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Biei-cho planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Biei-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, Biei-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Teshikaga-cho — 1 night

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): ride a horse along Kawayu Park Ranch, hike along Ponpon Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at Kawayu Onsen Kawayu Kosyu Yokujyo, then hike along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawayu Eco Museum Center.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. December in Teshikaga-cho sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Noboribetsu.
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Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Noboribetsu — 1 night

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu day trip planning site.

Fly from Teshikaga-cho to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Teshikaga-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Noboribetsu, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Niseko-cho.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Niseko-cho — 1 night

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Niseko Outdoor Center, then head outdoors with Niseko Village Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, and finally soothe aching muscles at Powder Yoga.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Niseko-cho journey planner.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Niseko-cho takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Niseko-cho can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hakodate.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Hakodate — 4 nights

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.
For shopping fun, head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse or Hakodate Morning Market. Goryokaku Park and Hakodate Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Goryokaku Tower, examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishizaki Jinushi Kai Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip builder site.

Drive from Niseko-cho to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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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