7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Biei-cho (Zerubunoka Atomunooka, Shikisai no Oka, &more), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, Asahi-dake, &more). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, and take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip builder website.

San Diego, USA to Asahikawa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Asahikawa due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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CIty of Ramen

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 21st (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, then stroll around Odori Park, then take a stroll through Susukino, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, then don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, and finally stroll around Moerenuma Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Shopping

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City of Lights

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 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, take in the pleasant sights at Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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Hokkaido travel guide

Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.