9 days in Hokkaido & Towada Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido & Towada Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido & Towada Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Towada
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Otaru
— 1 night
train + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip builder tool .

Manila, Philippines to Hakodate is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Hakodate is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in October; daily highs in Hakodate reach 18°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

2
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, and then explore the activities along Oirase River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, take in the views from Deai-bashi Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todo Seihyo Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Towada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Hakodate in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Towada. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Aomori Prefecture
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Oirase River ©
Oirase River

2
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.
On the 25th (Fri), make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then stroll around Odori Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and finally take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, and finally ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sapporo itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Towada to Sapporo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Towada in October; daily highs in Sapporo reach 15°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Asahikawa trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in October, things will get little chillier in Asahikawa: highs are around 10°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

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.
On the 29th (Tue), make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and then make a trip to Otaru Canal.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Otaru trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Otaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: high temperatures in Otaru hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line
JR Otaru Station
JR Otaru Station

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