5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sapporo
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Asahikawa
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Sapporo

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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 Furano Ski Resort to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo and then fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip itinerary planner .

Sapporo to Asahikawa is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. December in Asahikawa sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Furano Ski Resort
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): 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 stroll around Odori Park, then steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, then make a trip to JR Otaru Station, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Otaru itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
JR Otaru Station
JR Otaru Station

1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
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 27th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then head outdoors with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Niseko-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Otaru to Niseko-cho takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, take a stroll through Motomachi, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park.

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Getting from Niseko-cho to Hakodate by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hakodate are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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