15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Otaru
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nakafurano-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Biratori-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Wed), admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park and then see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate online trip itinerary maker .

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in July, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

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.
Let the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Fukuzumi Pioneering Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sapporo Korei Shrine, and appreciate the history behind Kaitaku Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

3
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan and then see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Otaru online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. August in Otaru sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Nature Shopping
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Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asahiyama Zoo. On the 7th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ayako Miura Literature Museum. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Otaru to Asahikawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Ken & Mary Tree
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

2
nights
Nakafurano-cho

Nakafurano-cho ©
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
You've now added Farm Tomita to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Choei Lavender Farm, then experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, then admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, and finally see the interesting displays at Goto Sumio Art Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nakafurano-cho trip planner .

Drive from Asahikawa to Nakafurano-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nakafurano-cho when traveling from Asahikawa in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Biratori-cho.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kamifurano-cho
Highlights from your plan
Choei Lavender Farm ©
Choei Lavender Farm
Goto Sumio Art Museum ©
Goto Sumio Art Museum
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

3
nights
Biratori-cho

Biratori-cho ©
You've now added Nibutani Ainu Museum to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shigeru Kayano Nibutani Ainu Museum and Recordkan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biratori-cho: The Yellow Handkerchief (in Yubari), Big Red Farm (in Niikappu-cho) and Hidaka-cho (Monbetsu Horse Tracks & Michi-no-Eki Jukai Road Hidaka).

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Biratori-cho visit planning website .

You can drive from Nakafurano-cho to Biratori-cho in 2 hours. In August in Biratori-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Biratori-cho

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Niikappu-cho, Hidaka-cho, The Yellow Handkerchief
Highlights from your plan
Nibutani Ainu Museum ©
Nibutani Ainu Museum
Shigeru Kayano Nibutani Ainu Museum ©
Historical Museum of The Saru River ©

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