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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishizaki Jinushi Kai Shrine, stroll through Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate online travel planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Hakodate is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Noboribetsu — 3 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Family-friendly places like Jigokudani and Noboribetsu Date Historic Village will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden (in Sobetsu-cho), Muroran Hachimangu Shrine (in Muroran) and Toyako-cho (Toyako Volcano Science Museum & Lake Toya Ranch). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kutchan-cho.
Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Kutchan-cho — 3 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU and Rusutsu Resort Ski. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko, fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, take in the views from Niseko Ohashi Bridge, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sapporo.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
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Sapporo — 6 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.
Attractions like Otaru Canal and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Boat Tours & Water Sports & The Site of Temiya Line). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maruyama Zoo, and wander the streets of Susukino.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip tool.

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.
Parks · Tours · Classes · Historic Sites
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Asahikawa — 4 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Bring the kids along to Asahiyama Zoo and Ningle Terrace. Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Higashikawa-cho (Nakadake Onsen & Canmore Ski Village), Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls & Shirogane Blue Pond) and Furano (Leisure Guide Asobiya & Furano Ski Resort). The adventure continues: get outside with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, and take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake.

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You can drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 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 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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.