7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goryokaku Park, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory.

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Los Angeles, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days in Hakodate, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, walk around Odori Park, then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), examine the collection at Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, then fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online itinerary planner .

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Sapporo sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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.
On the 20th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then experience rural life at Ueno Farm, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally take a memorable drive along Patchwork no Michi. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, explore the activities along Shirogane Blue Pond, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, then experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, and finally get outside with Ken & Mary Tree.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Tomita Melon House
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

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