14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sapporo
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Yoichi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Sapporo

5
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kita no Alp Art Museum and Rausu Shrine. Visiting Shiretoko Peninsula and Abashiri Coast will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum & Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples) and Teshikaga-cho (Mashu Third Observatory & Lake Mashu). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, stroll around Pereke River Shore Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, and explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planning app .

Sapporo to Shari-cho is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Abashiri, Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula, Rausu Shrine
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

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 2nd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, and then make a trip to Asahikawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum and then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Asahikawa trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Shari-cho to Asahikawa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. When traveling from Shari-cho in December, plan for little chillier days in Asahikawa, with highs around -2°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yoichi-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village

3
nights
Yoichi-cho

Yoichi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shimamu Beach, don't miss a visit to Candle Rock, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kakizaki Shoten, and finally get engrossed in the history at Universe Memorial Hall Yoichi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Shinsennuma, get to know the fascinating history of Rita Road, and then steep yourself in history at Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yoichi-cho road trip planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Yoichi-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Yoichi-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Yoichi-cho

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Shinsennuma, Shimamu Beach
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Kakizaki Shoten ©
Kakizaki Shoten

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.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower and then explore the activities along Otaru Canal. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip app .

You can drive from Yoichi-cho to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Your inner history buff will appreciate Goryokaku Park and Shinoridate Remains. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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