15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Port Angeles


Hakodate — 2 nights

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.
Hakodate is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and browse the exhibits of Goryokaku Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planning website.

Port Angeles, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 36-hour flight. Traveling from Port Angeles to Hakodate, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Angeles in January: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 32°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.
Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Sapporo — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Otaru Canal & Kitaichi Glass 3gokan). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in January, you will find days in Sapporo are slightly colder (27°F), and nights are about the same (22°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
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Asahikawa — 1 night

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, and then make a trip to Asahikawa Station.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip maker.

You can drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Sapporo in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Asahikawa: temperatures range from 24°F by day to 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Niseko-cho.
Parks · Winter Sports · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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Niseko-cho — 3 nights

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Venture out of the city with trips to Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, stroll through Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and head outdoors with Niseko Outdoor Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Niseko-cho trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Niseko-cho in 4 hours. When traveling from Asahikawa in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Niseko-cho, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

Noboribetsu — 2 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Noboribetsu takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Spas
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Hokkaido travel guide

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.