8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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

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 (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, then admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, and finally make a trip to Patchwork no Michi. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Hoppo Yasoen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, then experience rural life at Ueno Farm, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Asahikawa is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Asahikawa, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Asahikawa hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, Hoppo Yasoen, Tomita Melon House
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Yoichi-cho (Asadaen Farm & Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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 22nd (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

Before you visit Hakodate, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

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