15 Day Hokkaido Winter Itinerary

Before my trip I posted a planned itinerary. How does the actual one compare? Pretty similar but with a few surprises and some misses.

Day 1: New Chitose Airport – Furano

  • Places of Interest – Ningle Terrace, Furano Marche (unfortunately it was closed for maintenance)
  • Meals – MOS Burger, Shizen Taikan Shimpukappu (Michi-no-Eki), Kumagera
  • Hotel – Furano Natulux

Day 2: Furano – Asahikawa – Sounkyo

  • Places of Interest – Asahiyama Zoo, Ice Pavilion (checked it out but everyone was too cold to enter)
  • Meals – Lawsons, Central Zoo Restaurant, hotel buffet dinner
  • Shopping – Kita No Mori Garden
  • Hotel – Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel

Day 3: Sounkyo – Lake Akan

  • Places of Interest – waterfalls of Ginga and Meteor, Taisetsu Dam, Lake Akan, Ainu Village (skipped it cos no one was interested in native stuff)
  • Meals – hotel buffet breakfast, Seiyouken, HAPO buffet dinner
  • Shopping – Fujiya Confectionary (checked it out but didn’t look appealing), Kounnomori Shopping Area
  • Hotel – Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings

Day 4: Lake Akan – Kushiro

  • Places of Interest – Pan De Pan, Lake Mashu, Mt Iozan, Cream Dowa, Sweets Plaza (unfortunately it was closed), Lake Kussharo and Hosooka Observatory (skipped both to minimise driving)
  • Meals – HAPO buffet breakfast, Kumaushi Butadon, Lawsons
  • Shopping – Fisherman Wharf MOO
  • Hotel – Crown Plaza ANA Kushiro

Day 5: Kushiro – Obihiro

  • Places of Interest – Japanese Crane Reserve, Shiranuka Rakukeisya Cheese
  • Meals – Syake-Banya, Ukifune, Curry Shop Indian
  • Shopping – Nagasakiya
  • Hotel – Nikko Northland Hotel

Day 6: Obihiro – Tomamu

  • Places of Interest – Rokkatei Honten, Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden, Chapel on Water, Tokachimura (skipped it cos most stalls are closed on Wed)
  • Meals – Masuya Honten, Pancho, Grill King
  • Shopping – Ito-Yokado
  • Hotel – Tomamu Tower Resort

Day 7: Tomamu

  • Places of Interest – Unkai Terrace, Mina-Mina Beach, child sled course, Ice Village (it was still under construction during our stay)
  • Meals – hotel buffet breakfast, Noodles Miyabi
  • Hotel – Tomamu Tower Resort

Day 8: Tomamu – Noboribetsu

  • Meals – hotel buffet breakfast, RERA Food Forest, hotel buffet dinner
  • Shopping – Chitose RERA Outlet Mall
  • Hotel – Hotel Mahoroba

Day 9: Noboribetsu

  • Places of Interest – Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura, Hell Valley, Bear Park (skipped cos everyone too cold to take the cable car up to the mountains)
  • Meals – hotel buffet breakfast, Manpuku-Tei, hotel buffet dinner
  • Shopping – Gokuraku Street
  • Hotel – Hotel Mahoroba

Day 10: Noboribetsu – Sapporo

  • Places of Interest – Lake Shikotsu
  • Meals – hotel buffet breakfast, Lake Side Kitchen, Tazumura Tonkatsu
  • Shopping – ESTA, Stellar Place
  • Hotel – Monterey Sapporo (decided on this instead of Sunroute cos it’s nearer to JR Sapporo Station and it’s a smoke free hotel)

Day 11: Otaru

  • Places of Interest – Otaru Canal, Otaru Denuki Koji, Otaru Canal Terminal, Otaru Music Box Museum, Character House Yume no Oto
  • Meals – Victoria Restaurant, Butadon Ippin
  • Shopping – Sakaimachi Street
  • Hotel – Monterey Sapporo

Day 12: Sapporo

  • Places of Interest – Shiroi Koibito Park, German Christmas Market, White Illumination, Sapporo Wholesale Curb Market (skipped it since everyone had their fill of seafood at Hotel Mahoroba), Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade (didn’t venture there cos there were more than enough shopping options at JR Sapporo Station and Odori area)
  • Meals – Ueshima Coffee House, Kappo Tamura, Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku (Yoshiyama Store)
  • Shopping – Daiso, Animate
  • Hotel – Monterey Sapporo

Day 13: Sapporo

  • Places of Interest – Mt Moiwa, Asahi Beer Factory (skipped it cos everyone chose shopping over beer)
  • Meals – Pronto IL Bar, SHELF, Mia Angela
  • Shopping – Parco, Paseo
  • Hotel – Monterey Sapporo

Day 14: Sapporo Part 1 – New Chitose Airport

  • Places of Interest – New Chitose Airport
  • Meals – Butadon Meijin, Food Court (Hanamaru Udon)

Day 14: Sapporo Part 2 – Chitose

  • Hotel – AreaOne Chitose

Day 15: Singapore

Click on each day for a more detailed write-up.

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