14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido travel route planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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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.
Kids will enjoy Otaru Canal and Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, and make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo travel planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Sapporo. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Asahikawa

— 1 night
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 17th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then get curious at Asahikawa Science Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Asahikawa sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Winter Sports · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Kutchan-cho

— 2 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center, then admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho online holiday planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Kutchan-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then stroll around Sengen Park. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Motomachi, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip builder.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

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.