13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yoichi-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Rausu-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goryokaku Park and Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Visiting Mount Hakodate and Hiuramisaki Columnar Joint will get you outdoors. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Hokkaido Konbukan & Onuma Park Walking Path). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Motomachi, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shinoridate Remains.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate online holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hakodate. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hakodate when traveling from Sydney in June, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Yoichi-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

1
night
Yoichi-cho

Yoichi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, look for gifts at Yoichi Smoked Foods Shop NAMPO, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Asadaen Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yoichi-cho online holiday planner .

Drive from Hakodate to Yoichi-cho in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Yoichi-cho

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping Historic Sites
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

1
night
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhidai, and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rausu-cho attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Yoichi-cho to Rausu-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Yoichi-cho in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Rausu-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

1
night
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the activities along Blue Pond, stroll through Asahiyama Zoo, then examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, then view the masterpieces at Takushinkan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Okanomachi Koryukan Bi.Yell.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa travel planner .

Getting from Rausu-cho to Asahikawa by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Rausu-cho in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Asahikawa, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Hokkaido Museum of Literature. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, and see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Railway Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks Outdoors
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