8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary tool .

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Sapporo reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Jigokudani, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
On the 23rd (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Niseko Outdoor Center and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Niseko-cho trip builder website .

Drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. Traveling from Sapporo in January, expect nights in Niseko-cho to be about the same, around -4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

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.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip site .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. January in Hakodate sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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