8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Asahikawa
— 1 night
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Abashiri
— 1 night
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 1 night
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Otaru
— 1 day
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Sapporo
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip maker website.

Taipei, Taiwan to Asahikawa is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Taipei to Asahikawa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taipei in January, things will get colder in Asahikawa: highs are around -6°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Abashiri.
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Abashiri — 1 night

A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
You've now added Abashiri Prison Museum to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Sun), get great views at Marchen no Oka, enjoy breathtaking views from Tentozan Viewing Platform, and then get a sense of history and politics at Abashiri Prison.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Abashiri day trip website.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Abashiri in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Asahikawa in January, plan for little chillier nights in Abashiri, with lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Asahikawa.
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Asahikawa — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): browse the different shops at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae, make a trip to Asahikawa Heiwa Street Shopping Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Asahikawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Asahikawa when traveling from Abashiri in January, with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Onibokora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuzawa Shrine, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to Enmado.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu itinerary maker.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in January: high temperatures in Noboribetsu hover around 0°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hakodate.
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Hakodate — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at Iai Kindergarten, and finally take a stroll through Motomachi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Akino Sohonten Pharmacy and then take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip site.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -6°C, while days are slightly colder, around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Otaru.
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Otaru — 1 day

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.
On the 27th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Otaru Aquarium, hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, then don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, then make a trip to Otaru Canal, and finally contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Otaru trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 1 night

CIty of Ramen

On the 27th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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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