16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Hakodate
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Memanbetsu Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Dingmans Ferry

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Hakodate

— 2 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: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakodate online attractions planner.

Dingmans Ferry, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Dingmans Ferry to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dingmans Ferry, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakodate, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, and finally get impressive views of Showashinzan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then take in the views from Hakucho Bridge, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sokuryozan Observatory Deck.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Leksand Memorial Park (in Tobetsu-cho) and Otaru (JR Otaru Station, Former Motosaburo Kaneko Store, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo holiday planner.

Drive from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
On the 19th (Wed), cruise along Patchwork no Michi, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, then admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, and finally relax in the rural setting at Biei Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, experience rural life at Ueno Farm, find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then walk around Hoppo Yasoen, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 2 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, stroll around Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, walk around Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mashu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): boost your wellbeing at Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, then take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, then make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Uramashu Observatory.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Teshikaga-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Asahikawa in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Teshikaga-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

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.