11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

Make it your trip
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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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.
On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, then head outdoors with Canmore Ski Village, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Asahikawa day trip planning website.

Oklahoma City, USA to Asahikawa is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in March: highs in Asahikawa hover around 33°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Otaru Canal, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, take a stroll through Susukino, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakajima Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiushito Wetland, observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Sapporo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kutchan-cho

— 3 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko-cho (Niseko Village Ski Resort & Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kagaminuma, and walk around Fukidashi Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kutchan-cho trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in March: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll around Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then take a stroll through Motomachi, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate planning app.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, you will find days in Hakodate are somewhat warmer (41°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.