7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

7 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Otaru
— 2 nights
Train
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
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Sapporo

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 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, stroll around Odori Park, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Sapporo at 35°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Otaru

Town of Hills

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.
Go for a jaunt from Otaru to Akaigawa-mura to see Kiroro Snow World about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Otaru trip site.

You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

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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 4th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and then examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa route builder app.

Getting from Otaru to Asahikawa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Asahikawa sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums
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Hokkaido travel guide

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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.