8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive 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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Furano trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Furano is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Furano due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in January, with highs in Furano at -5°C and lows at -13°C. You will leave for Otaru on the 5th (Thu).
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kutchan-cho (Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, Spas, &more) and Niseko-cho (Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area & Niseko Village Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Otaru Aquarium, and contemplate the long history of Otaru City Meeting Hall.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Otaru trip builder website.

You can drive from Furano to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Furano in January, Otaru is a bit warmer at night with lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips
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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 8th (Sun): try out the rides at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Otaru, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Nature
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Sapporo — 3 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, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, and take a stroll through Susukino.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Noboribetsu in January, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
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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.