Itinerary for Families who Crave for Fun and Adventure
My family wanted to go up the North Pole for our December holiday last year but planning for it in June apparently was a bit too late. We couldn’t get accommodations and flights for the dates that we wanted. Two Decembers ago, we were all set to go to Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan but two weeks before our flight, my hubby’s passport somehow ended up in the washing machine! In short, we had to cancel that trip, forfeit our payment for the accommodation and cancel a number of other bookings.
For our December break last year, although with a bit of hesitation, I started planning again for a Japan trip – take 2! And what a winter holiday it turned out to be. We all loved our itinerary. It was a combination of city tours, museums, a theme park, Star Wars premiere, and the highlight, snow play at Niseko.
This was the itinerary I prepared for the whole trip, half of which we modified to suit the weather and my kids’ wishes. Feel free to have a look!
So how did our trip, the actually itinerary, look like? Well it was something like this… Some were done according to the itinerary, some were added, some were shortened, and others were totally scrapped. We basically let the weather dictate us, especially in Tokyo. When we realised that it was sunny, we continued touring outdoors and moved the museum tours to a different day. In Niseko, since our kids ended up wanting to do more snowboarding at Hanazono Resort, we had to cancel snow tubing and the gondola ride at Grand Hirafu. Basically the things we kept to the schedule were the flights, DisneySea (because we already have tickets for that, also I booked them just a few days earlier to make sure there’s already a weather forecast available), the hotel bookings, transfers to and from Niseko, the snowshoeing tour and the restaurant bookings in Niseko.
Here’s our actual itinerary. Hope you’ll find some inspiration from it!
Day 1: Evening arrival in Tokyo; check in at Hilton Tokyo; wagyu dinner at Hilton’s Metropolitan Grill
Day 2: Tokyo – cruise on Sumida River; visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa; see Tokyo City from the viewing deck of Tokyo Skytree plus the much-awaited ramen for lunch, Samurai Museum in the evening; Yamagata beef yakinuku at a recommended Japanese restaurant but with no English name
Day 3: Whole day at DisneySea (bus to and from Shinjuku station)
Day 4: Tokyo – walk around Tokyo Station and Marunouchi business district; explore the grounds of Imperial Palace; quick lunch at Mcdo; afternoon at Museum of Nature and Science at Ueno Park; watch the premier of Star Wars: the Last Jedi; hotdog dinner at the cinema
Days 5: Flight to Niseko; arrival at New Chitose Airport; 3-hr road travel by SkyStation; check-in at Flow Niseko; collect snowboard; steak dinner at Steak Rosso Rosso
Day 7: Morning snowboarding lesson; more snowboarding; Spam and Nissin noodle dinner at the apartment
Day 8: Morning snowshoeing tour; afternoon snowboarding lesson; wagyu and oysters dinner at The Barn
Day 9: Morning snowboarding lesson; more snowboarding; yakiniku dinner at Niseko Soan Yakiniku
Day 10: Breakfast at the apartment, private transfers by SkyStation to New Chitose Airport; flight to Tokyo; yakitori dinner at some restaurant in Shinjuku area
Day 11: Brunch at Hilton Tokyo; flight back to Singapore