13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Singapore

2
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Otaru to see Otaru Canal about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Maruyama Zoo, contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo travel route builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get colder in Sapporo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Shikisai no Oka, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and finally stroll around Hoppo Yasoen. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, explore the activities along Blue Pond, and then cruise along Patchwork no Michi.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa day trip site .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Asahikawa hover around 10°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Hoppo Yasoen
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho sightseeing app .

Drive from Asahikawa to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Shari-cho hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu road trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Noboribetsu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Toya
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

3
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 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monument of Former Site of Hakodate Station, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower. On your second day here, wander the streets of Motomachi, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, 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 find out how to plan a trip to Hakodate, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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