31 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

31 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Asahikawa
— 4 nights
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Abashiri
— 1 night
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Shari-cho
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 13 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Quasi-National Park, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, try to win big at Hakodate Bicycle Race Track, and wander the streets of Motomachi.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Hakodate is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Hakodate at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko-cho

— 2 nights

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Niseko Outdoor Center, hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then get outside with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and finally head outdoors with Niseko Annupuri.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Niseko-cho online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hakodate to Niseko-cho in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 27th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally see the interesting displays at Koshu Kitano Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Noboribetsu in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church, Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Sapporo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in February, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (-1°C), and nights are about the same (-5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 4 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Pippu Ski Area (in Pippu-cho), Furano (Furabi, Furano Ski Resort, &more) and Shirogane Blue Pond (in Biei-cho). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake, head outdoors with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, and explore the activities along Daisetsu Kogen Swamp.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Abashiri

— 1 night
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kitahama Station, get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, then don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Abashiri Prison, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Notoro.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Abashiri trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Abashiri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Abashiri can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums · Nature · Parks

Shari-cho

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Puyuni Misaki, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, head outdoors with Shiretoko Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, and finally make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Shari-cho trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Tokyo

— 13 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fugaku Wind Cave, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shari-cho in March, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.