11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Otaru
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Newark

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then take a stroll through Motomachi, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

Plan trip to Hakodate with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Newark, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Hakodate, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, you will find days in Hakodate are little chillier (52°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, walk around Odori Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, explore the galleries of Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature, then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and finally hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in April, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (47°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

3
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Change things up with these side-trips from Otaru: Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Yoichi-cho (Rita Road, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Otaru Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, make a trip to JR Otaru Station, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Otaru Aquarium.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Otaru online journey builder.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April in Otaru, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Fukidashi Park
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

3
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then get impressive views of Showashinzan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu holiday app.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Otaru in April since evenings lows in Noboribetsu dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Showashinzan, Cape Chikyu, Silo Viewing Platform, Lake Toya
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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