26 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

26 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose, Train to Asahikawa
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Biratori-cho
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 10 nights
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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.
Shikisai no Oka has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ayako Miura Literature Museum and Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Biei Shrine and Snow Crystal Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asahikawa: Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Kamikawa-cho (Sounkyo Gorge & Daisetsuzan) and Biei-cho (Shirogane Blue Pond & Shirahige Falls). There's more to do: browse the different shops at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa tour itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Asahikawa is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Asahikawa, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: highs in Asahikawa hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 6 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.
Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani and Shinsennuma. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art (in Kyowa-cho), Noboribetsu (Kiushito Wetland & Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath) and Kagaminuma (in Kutchan-cho). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Sapporo Dome.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sapporo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Biratori-cho.
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Biratori-cho — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): shop like a local with Nibutani Kogeikan, examine the collection at Nibutani Ainu Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shigeru Kayano Nibutani Ainu Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoshitsune Shrine, and finally admire the engineering at Nibutani Dam. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Memu Colony of a Lily of the Valley, take in breathtaking views at Akaiwa Seigan Canyon, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Big Red Farm.

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Traveling by car from Sapporo to Biratori-cho takes 2 hours. Traveling from Sapporo in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Biratori-cho, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakodate.
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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.
On the 14th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and finally take a stroll through Motomachi.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate day trip site.

You can drive from Biratori-cho to Hakodate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Biratori-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hakodate, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 10 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo & Inarizaka), Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art, Hakone Shisseikaen, &more) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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