8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido tour itinerary maker

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Fly
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Hakodate
— 1 day
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kamikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
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Hakodate

— 1 day

City of Lights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and then stroll around Goryokaku Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate online route planner.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Hakodate reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and stop by Susukino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo tour planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

Asahikawa

— 1 night
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 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, and then get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa route maker website.

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Kamikawa-cho

— 1 night
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Midori, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kamikawa-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Kamikawa-cho takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Asahikawa in September, Kamikawa-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
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Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu.

Before you visit Noboribetsu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Kamikawa-cho to Noboribetsu in 4 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Noboribetsu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.