8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally stroll around Odori Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo tour planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
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 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, and finally cruise along Patchwork no Michi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Hoppo Yasoen, then have fun at Okanomachi Koryukan Bi.Yell, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, and finally explore the activities along Blue Pond.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa tour planner .

Take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Asahikawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Hoppo Yasoen, Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

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 14th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Asahikawa in September, you will find days in Noboribetsu are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hakodate trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Tours
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

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