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Hakodate — 2 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.
On the 15th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Museum of Photographic History, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

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Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in March: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town or Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Let the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Royce' Chocolate World capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Otaru to see Otaru Canal about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, walk around Odori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and look for all kinds of wild species at Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm.

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Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Asahikawa — 2 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toma World Insect Museum Papillon Chateau, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, browse the exhibits of Collection Hall Chair Gallery, then get curious at Asahikawa Science Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum.

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Drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Asahikawa sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -1°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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.