21 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

21 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Asahikawa
— 4 nights
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Otaru
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Chitose
— 1 night
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Sapporo — 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

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 5th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then stroll around Odori Park, and then contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take a stroll through Susukino, and then take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo itinerary planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, Sapporo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Wakkanai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Wakkanai — 2 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): engage your brain at Wakkanai Youth Science Museum and then don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, then make a trip to Soya Misaki, and then stroll around Wakkanai Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wakkanai trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sapporo in August since evenings lows in Wakkanai dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.
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Childrens Museums · Parks · Museums
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Asahikawa — 4 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Farm Tomita (in Nakafurano-cho), Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Ken & Mary Tree, &more). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, experience rural life at Ueno Farm, and find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Asahikawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Asahikawa when traveling from Wakkanai in August, with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Otaru.
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Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

Otaru — 2 nights

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Keep things going the next day: stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, get interesting insight from Tours, then steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, and finally make a trip to JR Otaru Station.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Otaru day trip tool.

Drive from Asahikawa to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Otaru, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors
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Noboribetsu — 3 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho), Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, take in the views from Hakucho Bridge, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip planner.

You can drive from Otaru to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Otaru in August, Noboribetsu is little chillier at night with lows of 66°F. You will leave for Hakodate on the 18th (Thu).
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Side Trips
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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.
Hakodate is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, take a stroll through Motomachi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online road trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Chitose.
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Chitose — 1 night

With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Sky Museum, New Chitose Airport.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chitose itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Chitose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
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Spas · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Hokkaido travel guide

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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.
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