7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Chitose
train:  1​h 15​min
1
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Shimukappu-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Chitose

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Otaru Aquarium, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Otaru online holiday planner .

Chitose to Otaru is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Otaru when traveling from Chitose in December, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, and then get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip app .

Traveling by train from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Sapporo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then engage your brain at Asahikawa Science Center, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip planner.

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Asahikawa

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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Science Center ©
Asahikawa Science Center
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum

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night
Shimukappu-mura

Shimukappu-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): expand your horizons at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, make a splash at Mina-Mina Beach, and then enjoy some diversion at Chapel on the Water.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shimukappu-mura trip planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Shimukappu-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Winter Sports Classes Parks
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Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido ©
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido
Mina-Mina Beach ©
Mina-Mina Beach
Chapel on the Water ©
Chapel on the Water

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night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Shimukappu-mura to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. When traveling from Shimukappu-mura in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Noboribetsu, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

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