6 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

6 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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6 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and then get to know the fascinating history of Shinoridate Remains. Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at a local thermal spa, walk around Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Hakodate vacation planner .

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Hakodate to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

3
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.
Visiting Otaru Canal and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Sapporo Clock Tower and Hokkaido Jingu are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: JR Otaru Station (in Otaru), Asobeach Ishikari (in Ishikari) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Otaru, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Asobeach Ishikari, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho online travel route builder .

You can drive from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui

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