15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Bangkok

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and Sapporo Teine. Attractions like Sapporo Science Center and Sapporo Satoland make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, contemplate the long history of Former Ishikiriyama Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in October, expect Sapporo to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Satoland ©
Sapporo Satoland

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.
On the 12th (Sat), stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, then take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, then engage your brain at Asahikawa Science Center, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Takasagosyuzo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Asahikawa is little chillier than Sapporo - with highs of 10°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trip

Hoppo Yasoen
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Asahikawa Science Center ©
Asahikawa Science Center
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Sandan no Taki Fall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Onnebetsu River, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Shari-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Shari-cho hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wakoto Natural Trail and then stroll through Akan-Mashu National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Karamatsu no Yu, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then trek along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In October in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Karamatsu no Yu, Akan-Mashu National Park
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Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Thermal Spas
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail ©
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 17th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Fujin, contemplate the long history of Natazukuri Kannon, then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Taisho Jigoku, and finally get curious at Tomakomai City Science Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Teshikaga-cho to Noboribetsu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Mt. Usu, Tomakomai City Science Center, Onsen Resorts
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Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu
Mt. Usu ©
Mt. Usu
Onsen Resorts

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Hotokegaura and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hakodate Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the activities along Onuma Lake, then bet on a winner at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate visit planner.

Take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hakodate are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Hotokegaura, Onuma Lake, Trappist Monasteries
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Hakodate Park ©
Hakodate Park
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

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