5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manila, Luzon
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
2
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Sapporo
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Otaru
— 1 night
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 45 min
End: Manila, Luzon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then wander the streets of Motomachi, and then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate tour planner.

Manila, Philippines to Hakodate is an approximately 11- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Manila to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Manila in November, with highs in Hakodate at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland, then examine the collection at Koshu Kitano Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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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 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, stroll around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take a stroll around Otaru City Meeting Hall, then don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, and then examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Otaru trip maker.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Otaru are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
Otaru City Meeting Hall ©
Otaru City Meeting Hall

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