9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Chiang Mai
Fly:  12​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Chiang Mai

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.
On the 17th (Thu), walk around Odori Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory, then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and finally explore the activities along Otaru Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Okura Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and finally make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planning tool .

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in October: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Sugatami no Ike Lake), Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, explore the activities along Blue Pond, and go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka.

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

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in October, things will get slightly colder in Asahikawa: highs are around 10°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Daisetsuzan, Kurodake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

2
nights
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 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally walk around Goryokaku Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hakodate road trip site .

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hakodate are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

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