15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hakodate
1
Hakodate
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Otaru
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Sapporo
— 4 nights
6
Sapporo
— Few hours
7
Sapporo
— Few hours
End: Sapporo

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ekini Market, Onuma Quasi-National Park and Daimon Yokocho. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, and admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hakodate itinerary maker site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Hakodate. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Quasi-National Park
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Trappistine Monasteries ©
Trappistine Monasteries

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shiroi Koibito Park, Maruyama Zoo, Maruyama Park, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in December, you will find days in Sapporo are slightly colder (0°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Shopping Theme Parks
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo TV Tower ©
Sapporo TV Tower

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.
You've now added Asahiyama Zoo to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo and then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa attractions planner.

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sapporo in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Asahikawa: temperatures range from -6°C by day to -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village

1
day
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt.Tengu, Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu, examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, then stop by Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building, and finally examine the collection at Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Otaru trip planner.

Getting from Asahikawa to Otaru by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Museums
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Mt.Tengu ©
Mt.Tengu

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Noboribetsu Bear Park, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Jigokudani. See some other sides of Sapporo: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, appreciate the history behind Jinko Yuki Tanjo no Chi Monument, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Getting from Otaru to Sapporo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Noboribetsu
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©

few
hours
Sapporo

Sapporo
To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip planning app .

On the 7th (Mon), you're off toSapporo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

few
hours
Sapporo

Sapporo
For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning app .

You will leave for home on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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