12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12 h
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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 5th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, head outdoors with Gokoku Shrine Hill, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Motomachi, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakodate day trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in August, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, stop by Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, explore the activities along Lake Toya, then enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform, and finally make a trip to Cape Chikyu.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu trip planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Noboribetsu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Silo Viewing Platform, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Cape Chikyu, Zenkoji Temple
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

3
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Nakafurano-cho (Farm Tomita & Tomita Melon House), Furano (Furabi & Ningle Terrace) and Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Shirogane Blue Pond, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, explore the activities along Sugatami no Ike Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Noboribetsu in August since evenings lows in Asahikawa dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Biei-cho, Furano, Nakafurano-cho, Daisetsuzan
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Asakusa Bridge, Otaru Canal, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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