10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

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Asahikawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Asahikawa

— 1 day
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, and then get curious at Asahikawa Science Center.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa travel route planner.

Tokyo to Asahikawa is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Asahikawa, ranging from highs of -2°C to lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Otaru Canal, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Sapporo to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Sapporo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Niseko-cho

— 2 nights

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, then get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko, and finally walk around Fukidashi Park.

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You can drive from Noboribetsu to Niseko-cho in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 2 nights

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 7th (Thu): admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then wander the streets of Motomachi, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Hakodate takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hakodate are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

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.