12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
2
Otaru
— 2 nights
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
4
Hirosaki
— 1 night
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get engrossed in the history at Karafuto Kankei Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Japan Evangelical Lutheran Sapporo Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sapporo Korei Shrine, contemplate the long history of Former Ishiyama Post Office (Pozutokan), walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, thenexplore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Sanroku Design.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip maker site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Sapporo. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in April; daily highs in Sapporo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

2
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Hiyoriyama Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Otaru Nishin Goten, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, explore the world behind art at Otaru Art Base, thenexamine the collection at Syusenkan, and finally examine the collection at The Glass Studio in Otaru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Universe Memorial Hall Yoichi, contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, thensample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, thensee the interesting displays at Otaru City General Museum Ungakan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Otaru trip tool.

You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Otaru, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Yoichi-cho
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Otaru Art Base ©
Otaru Art Base
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line
Otaru Nishin Goten ©
Otaru Nishin Goten

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Natazukuri Kannon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onibokora, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yuzawa Shrine, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Noboribetsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Otaru in April, plan for little chillier nights in Noboribetsu, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Onsen Resorts
Katta Shrine ©
Katta Shrine

1
night
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, walk around Hirosaki Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Western Style Architecture, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Hirosaki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks
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Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple

1
night
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 25th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, try to win big at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omori Inari Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Konbukan.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Hirosaki to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Hokkaido Konbukan
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower and then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Former Ishikiriyama Station, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Former Ishiyama Post Office (Pozutokan), contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

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Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

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