13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive
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Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shimukappu-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
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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.
You've added Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, Stellar Place Sapporo, Sapporo Factory, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Nijo Market, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, then browse the different shops at Stellar Place Sapporo, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo vacation builder.

Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in February, with highs in Sapporo at -1°C and lows at -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping · Parks · Theme Parks · 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 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Otaru

— 2 nights

Town of Hills

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Otaru Sakaimachi Street.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Otaru road trip planning app.

Getting from Hakodate to Otaru by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Otaru: temperatures range from -1°C by day to -5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Shimukappu-mura

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Unkai Terrace. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): play a few rounds at Hoshino Resort Tomamu and then cool off at Mina-Mina Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Unkai Terrace.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shimukappu-mura sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Otaru to Shimukappu-mura in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Shimukappu-mura are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Theme Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Asahikawa

— 3 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
You've added Ningle Terrace, Furano Marche, Furano Cheese Craft Center, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls & Shirogane Blue Pond). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo and get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip builder tool.

Getting from Shimukappu-mura to Asahikawa by car takes about 2.5 hours. February in Asahikawa sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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.