14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo — 4 nights

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.
Sapporo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Odori Park, stop by Susukino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo attractions app.

Hong Kong, China to Sapporo is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Sapporo. In January, Sapporo is colder than Hong Kong - with highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Otaru.
Parks · Historic Sites · Classes · Winter Sports
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Otaru — 2 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.
On the 16th (Mon), meet the residents at Otaru Aquarium, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, fly down the slopes at Kiroro Snow World, then get a taste of life in the country at Tonden Farm Akaigawa Ranch, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu. On your second day here, look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, then make a trip to JR Otaru Station, and finally ponder the world of politics at Otaru City Office.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Otaru road trip planning app.

Drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kutchan-cho.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Kutchan-cho — 3 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of Kutchan-cho to go to Rusutsu-mura and see Rusutsu Resort Ski, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, learn more about the world around you at Kutchan Natural History Museum, get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kagaminuma.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho day trip tool.

Drive from Otaru to Kutchan-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kutchan-cho can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Noboribetsu — 1 night

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 21st (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and finally stroll around Sengen Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu road trip site.

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Noboribetsu, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tomakomai.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Tomakomai — 2 nights

Tomakomai is a city and port in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu, tee off at Katsura Gulf Club, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Utonai, then examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World, and finally don't miss a visit to Hokkaido Ramen Dojo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Tomakomai Golf Resort 72, see the interesting displays at Airport History Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the different shops at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, and finally tee off at Nidom Classic Course.

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Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Tomakomai takes an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Noboribetsu in January since evenings lows in Tomakomai dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Golf · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Hokkaido travel guide

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.