Do you have a winter trip to Hokkaido coming up? Maybe you do but you have not had the time to create a plan for your stay. You’ve probably not even made a hotel reservation. If that is you, read on.
Day One: Chitose > Niseko
This is an assumption: you will touch down before 13:00 at New Chitose Airport. The last bus from the airport to Niseko is at 15:30.
Niseko has five ski resorts and the most popular one is Grand Hirafu. Book a room for two nights at Niseko Park Hotel or Niseko Prince Hotel Hirafutei.
Day Two: Niseko
Grand Hirafu is fun but you should also get to see the rest of the ski resorts such as Moiwa, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri.
When you stay for two nights at Niseko, you will have time to explore.
Day 3: Niseko > Sapporo
The next stop is Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido. There are great hotels here such as the Sapporo Grand Hotel, which is near the JR Sapporo Station.
When you check in, maybe take a nap or rest. In the evening, get out and see the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri—the most famous snow festival in Japan.
Day 4: Sapporo > Otaru
During winter, Otaru is the most famous holiday destination. It has an annual winter event known as the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival. The snow lanterns and snow illuminated sculptures are so beautiful.
The festival goes on for 10 days in the month of February.
Day 5: Sapporo > Abashiri
Go to the JR Sapporo Station and get a train (early morning) to Abashiri. Let the hotel know the night before. The journey will take about 6 hours and it is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
When you get to Abashiri, check in at the Dormy Inn Abashiri. Next, head out and explore the Abashiri Drift Ice.
Day 6: Abashiri > Asahikawa
Asahikawa is a must-visit, especially if you have kids. The best thing is that you can get cheaper accommodation. There are also numerous restaurants in which you can taste the finest local cuisine. Make sure to enjoy the Asahiyama Zoo and Asahikawa Winter Festival.
Day 7: Asahikawa > Sapporo
Book a reservation at the JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo.
From there, have lunch at a cool restaurant, go shopping and make sure you visit the Sapporo Beer Garden.
In the evening, explore Mount Moiwa and enjoy breathtaking views.
Day 8: Sapporo > Noboribetsu
Make an early morning visit to the Curb Market or Nijo market in Sapporo. You will have a fresh seafood breakfast.
After that, hop on a train to Noboribetsu and enjoy hot spring waters.
Day 9: Noboribetsu > Chitose
Stay at a hotel near the airport so you can witness the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Shikotsuko Onsen. Be sure to wait for the illumination.
Day 10: Chitose
Go back home with a full heart! You can modify this itinerary to make it perfect just for you.