12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  9​h
1
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goryokaku Park and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Onuma Park Walking Path (in Nanae-cho). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate day trip planning site .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Hakodate is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hakodate, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in August, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hokuto, Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinsennuma, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): play a few rounds at Rusutsu Resort, get engrossed in the history at Arishima Memorial Center, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Getting from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Shinsennuma, Arishima Memorial Center, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Rusutsu Resort
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Rusutsu Resort ©
Rusutsu Resort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, then examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, and then cruise along Road to Heaven. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shari-cho tour builder .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Shari-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Asahikawa in August since evenings lows in Shari-cho dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

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.
Appreciate the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Royce' Chocolate World. Get some cultural insight at Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan & Otaru Canal) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, walk around Odori Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo vacation builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Shari-cho in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Royce' Chocolate World
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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