15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip itinerary planner

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wakkanai
— 1 night
Drive
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Rebun-cho
— 1 day
Drive
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Minapa and then steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, then walk around Odori Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Sapporo Asaichi.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sapporo online road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Wakkanai

— 1 night

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll around Wakkanai Park, then don't miss a visit to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, then don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, and finally stroll around Esandomarigyoko Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wakkanai road trip site.

Getting from Sapporo to Wakkanai by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks

Rebun-cho

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sky cape, take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape, then stop by Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten, then step off the mainland to explore Rebun Island, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Momodai Nekodai Observatory.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rebun-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho by car takes about 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Wakkanai

— 2 nights

Wind Town

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a trip to Soya Misaki, then stroll around Esandomarigyoko Park, then don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, and finally make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wakkanai trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rebun-cho to Wakkanai in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks

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 7th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then appreciate the history behind Takuboku Ishikawa Statue and Monument, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, hit the slopes at Inosawa Ski Resort, then take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Wakkanai to Asahikawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally make a trip to Enmado.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in April, expect nights in Noboribetsu to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Hakodate

— 3 nights

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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Goryokaku Tower, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and visit Motomachi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. April in Hakodate sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Trails

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.