16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Chitose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Abashiri
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Hong Kong

1
night
Chitose

Chitose ©
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
You've now added Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima to your itinerary.

Make your Chitose itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Hong Kong, China to Chitose is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Hong Kong in August, expect Chitose to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Chitose

Shopping

Side Trip

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Kaneto Kawamura Ainu Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Chitose to Asahikawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Asahikawa when traveling from Chitose in August, with lows around 26°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine

2
nights
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 (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Ubaranai Sango-so Colony, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Notoro, and then make a trip to Kitahama Station. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Ryuhyo Glass Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory, and finally trek along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Abashiri trip maker tool .

Getting from Asahikawa to Abashiri by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Asahikawa in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Abashiri, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Raiun Shrine
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Lake Notoro ©
Lake Notoro
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail ©
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail
Abashiri Historical Museum ©
Abashiri Historical Museum

1
night
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Asahikawa road trip website .

You can drive from Abashiri to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Abashiri in August, Asahikawa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Historic Sites
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Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine

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 22nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, then see the interesting displays at The Glass Studio in Otaru, then stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Tomoyoshi Kamisei Store.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Otaru tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Sankaku Market ©
Sankaku Market

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, contemplate the long history of Natazukuri Kannon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu travel route planner .

You can drive from Otaru to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Otaru in August, plan for little chillier nights in Noboribetsu, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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.
For shopping fun, head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse or Hakodate Morning Market. Explore hidden gems such as Motomachi and Hotokegaura. Go for a jaunt from Hakodate to Hokuto to see Trappist Monasteries about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jitsugyo-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Hiyori Hill, and try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hakodate online travel planner .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Trappist Monasteries, Hotokegaura
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

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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.
Let the collections at The Hokkaido University Museum and Sapporo Art Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and Mt. Teine. There's lots more to do: walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

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