10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Abashiri
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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 15th (Sat): take a stroll through Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jitsugyo-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, and finally contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Hakodate, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in February, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 34°F and lows about 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, walk around Fukidashi Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hiyamizu Toge Karudera Viewing Platform, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

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Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakodate in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Outdoor Center, Fukidashi Park, Lake Toya, Hiyamizu Toge Karudera Viewing Platform
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
night
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
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 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, then get engrossed in the history at Moyoro Kaizuka-kan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Notoro.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Abashiri sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Abashiri takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°F in Abashiri. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums Nature Parks
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Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, then explore the activities along Lake Mashu, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Abashiri in February since evenings lows in Teshikaga-cho dip to 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature Parks Spas
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Thermal Spas
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

2
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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 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, and then steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Teshikaga-cho to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. February in Sapporo sees daily highs of 29°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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