14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo — 3 nights

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Otaru Canal and Mt. Moiwa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Next up on the itinerary: get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take in the exciting artwork at Sanroku Design, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, and wander the streets of Susukino.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sapporo itinerary planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Sapporo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Jerusalem, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Asahikawa.
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Asahikawa — 3 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Takushinkan and Hokuchin Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Daisetsuzan and Asahi-dake. Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Biei-cho (Shirogane Blue Pond & Shirahige Falls) and Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake & Asahidake Natural Hiking Route). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo and take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa road trip planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in October; daily highs in Asahikawa reach 10°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Biratori-cho.
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Biratori-cho — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Shigeru Kayano Nibutani Ainu Museum, see the interesting displays at Nibutani Ainu Museum, then view the masterpieces at Nibutani Kogeikan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoshitsune Shrine.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Biratori-cho vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Biratori-cho takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Asahikawa in October, you will find days in Biratori-cho are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are slightly colder (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.
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Noboribetsu — 1 night

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Katta Shrine, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Biratori-cho to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Noboribetsu when traveling from Biratori-cho in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakodate.
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Hakodate — 4 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Morning Market. Get a sense of the local culture at Goryokaku Tower and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Venture out of the city with trips to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Onuma Park Walking Path (in Nanae-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take a stroll through Motomachi, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office.

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Getting from Noboribetsu to Hakodate by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Hakodate are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Hokkaido travel guide

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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.