9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  21​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  22​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), stroll through Odori Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, then shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, and finally take a stroll through Susukino.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Sapporo reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
On the 29th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Zoo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Patchwork no Michi, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, then get outside with Ken & Mary Tree, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: highs in Asahikawa hover around -6°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, identify plant and animal life at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu online trip builder .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Asahikawa in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Noboribetsu: highs are around 0°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Toya
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate online trip maker .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Hakodate by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

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