8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Otamoi Beach, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner.

Honolulu, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Honolulu to Sapporo, you'll lose 19 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Honolulu, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shakotan-cho.

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Otaru
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The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

1
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 16th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach, then contemplate the long history of Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace, then take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

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

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kagaminuma, get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko, and then examine the collection at Shu Ogawara Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Gla Gla, take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Kutchan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

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Gla Gla
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Mishima's Shibazakura Garden ©
Mishima's Shibazakura Garden
Spas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and then get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate holiday planner .

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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Hakodate Tsutaya Books ©
Hakodate Tsutaya Books

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