15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nakafurano-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kamikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
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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 14th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and then make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hakodate visit planner.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 28°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Step out of Sapporo with an excursion to Otaru Canal in Otaru--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, wander the streets of Susukino, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Nakafurano-cho

— 2 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
On the 20th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Biei Farm, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, then go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, and then relax in the rural setting at Kanno Firm.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nakafurano-cho online journey planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sapporo in August since evenings lows in Nakafurano-cho dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 2 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, then get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, and then take a memorable drive along Patchwork no Michi. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Ueno Farm, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa day trip tool.

You can drive from Nakafurano-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Asahikawa when traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kamikawa-cho

— 1 night
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Midori, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kamikawa-cho online travel planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Kamikawa-cho in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Asahikawa in August, Kamikawa-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Teshikaga-cho

— 2 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Akan-Mashu National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, admire the sheer force of Sakura Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Kamikawa-cho in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Teshikaga-cho: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Shiretoko Beach and then admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip planner.

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.