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Itinerary for Hokkaido trip in December with 8 yo son
Itinerary for Hokkaido trip in December with 8 yo son

Hi Bumblebee Mum

Thank you for posting such wonderful guides and it has helped me 2 years ago. I’m back again and planning for year end holidays in December. Travelling with hubby and 8 year old son. Need your advice if the itinerary is workable and whether do we need to get HEP.
7 Day 1 Singapore – Chitose – Sapporo
8 Day 2 Sapporo – Obhiro
9 Day 3 Obihro – Lake Akan
10 Day 4 Lake Akan – Sounkyo
11 Day 5 Sounkyo – Furano
12 Day 6 Furano – ski
13 Day 7 Furano
14 Day 8 Furano – Asahikawa
15 Day 10 Asahikawa – Sapporo
16 Day 11 Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo
17 Day 12 Sapporo – Otaru – Chitose
18 Day 13 Chitose – Singapore

Thanks.

By SL on August 2, 2017

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  • SL says:

    Hi Bumblebee Mum

    Thank you for posting such wonderful guides and it has helped me 2 years ago. I’m back again and planning for year end holidays in December. Travelling with hubby and 8 year old son. Need your advice if the itinerary is workable and whether do we need to get HEP.
    7 Day 1 Singapore – Chitose – Sapporo
    8 Day 2 Sapporo – Obhiro
    9 Day 3 Obihro – Lake Akan
    10 Day 4 Lake Akan – Sounkyo
    11 Day 5 Sounkyo – Furano
    12 Day 6 Furano – ski
    13 Day 7 Furano
    14 Day 8 Furano – Asahikawa
    15 Day 10 Asahikawa – Sapporo
    16 Day 11 Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo
    17 Day 12 Sapporo – Otaru – Chitose
    18 Day 13 Chitose – Singapore

    Thanks.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      It looks a bit tight at Lake Akan. I suggest spending one more night in Lake Akan for you to visit the crane area as well the rest of Akan National Park. Which means you would need to reduce one night in Furano, or Sapporo, or maybe take out Asahikawa.

      In terms of the order, I would put Asahikawa in between Sounkyo and Furano to reduce driving times. i.e. Sounkyo – Asahikawa – Furano – Sapporo.

  • lim says:

    Hi Bumblebee Mum

    I am planning my second trip back to Hokkaido in December and need your advice whether is it too much to travel from Sounkyo to Lake Akan. Also we intend to snowboard in Furano. Wonder if this is a good location.

    Day 1 Thursday Singapore – Chitose – Sapporo
    Day 2 Friday Sapporo
    Day 3 Saturday Sapporo – Sounkyo
    Day 4 Sunday Sounkyo – Lake Akan
    Day 5 Monday Lake Akan – Obhiro
    Day 6 Tuesday obhiro – furano
    Day 7 Wednesday Furano
    Day 8 Thursday Furano
    Day 9 Friday Furano – sapporo
    Day 10 Saturday Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo
    Day 11 Sunday Sapporo – Chitose
    Day 12 Monday Chitose – Singapore

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Are you driving? Sapporo to Sounkyo looks pretty far, I would use Asahikawa to break it up. And the Lake Akan part looks a bit rushed.

      I have never been to Furano in winter. Tomamu is more along the way if you are going from Obihiro back towards Sapporo if you are looking for a ski resort along your route.

      Also, I would finish up Sapporo at the start of the trip, then from Furano go straight back to CTS.

      • Lim says:

        Hi Bumblebeemum

        Thanks for the advice. Looks like I should give up one and that is Lake Akan. How would you suggest? What other spots could I add in ?
        Day 1 Thursday Singapore – Chitose – Sapporo
        Day 2 Friday Sapporo
        Day 3 Saturday Sapporo – Otaru
        Day 4 Sunday Otaru – Asahikawa
        Day 5 Monday Asahikawa – Sounkyo
        Day 6 Tuesday Sounkyo – ??
        Day 7 Wednesday ??
        Day 8 Thursday ?? – Furano
        Day 9 Friday Furano –
        Day 10 Saturday Furano
        Day 11 Sunday Furano – Chitose Airport
        Day 12 Monday Chitose – Singapore

        • Queen Bee says:

          Day 3: I wouldn’t bother changing hotel for Otaru. I would do Otaru as a day trip from Sapporo.

          Hmmm… If you reduce the time spent in Sapporo like that, and if you are willing to reduce one day in Furano, you can fit in Lake Akan. I think Lake Akan is worth visiting in December for the cranes. This is what I would suggest:

          Day 1 Thursday Singapore – Chitose – Sapporo
          Day 2 Friday Sapporo
          Day 3 Saturday Sapporo (day trip to Otaru)
          Day 4 Sunday Sapporo – Asahikawa
          Day 5 Monday Asahikawa – Sounkyo
          Day 6 Tuesday Sounkyo – Lake Akan
          Day 7 Wednesday Lake Akan (drive around Akan National Park)
          Day 8 Thursday Lake Akan – Tsurui – Obihiro
          Day 9 Friday Obihiro – Furano
          Day 10 Saturday Furano
          Day 11 Sunday Furano – Chitose Airport
          Day 12 Monday Chitose – Singapore

          If you want to spend more time snowboarding in Furano, then just take out that full day in Sapporo on Day 2. If you’ve been to Hokkaido before, I think Sapporo is missable. :p

          • Lim says:

            Thanks Bumblebee Mum 🙂

          • Sera says:

            Hi Bumblebeemum

            I’m thinking of switching my itinerary and start off to Obihiro instead. Do you think this is workable?

            07/12/2017 Thursday Singapore – Chitose
            08/12/2017 Friday Chitose – Obihiro
            09/12/2017 Saturday Obihiro – Lake Akan
            10/12/2017 Sunday Lake Akan
            11/12/2017 Monday Lake Akan to Sounkyo
            12/12/2017 Tuesday Sounkyo – Furano
            13/12/2017 Wednesday Furano
            14/12/2017 Thursday Furano
            15/12/2017 Friday Furano – Sapporo
            16/12/2017 Saturday Sapporo
            17/12/2017 Sunday Sapporo – Chitose
            18/12/2017 Monday Chitose – Singapore

  • Quennie says:

    Hi bumblebee mum ,
    May I know is it possible to drive from Sapporo to Kushiro in midst of December ? We are planning to go lake Akan , wonder it is possible to do so, please advise!

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