8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo — 2 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.
On the 9th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then steep yourself in history at Former Gatehouse of Sapporo Agricultural College, and finally head outdoors with Furusato Beach. On the next day, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, then enjoy the sand and surf at Otamoi Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Honjin Tanukidaimyo Shrine.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in August, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 25°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Asahikawa.
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Asahikawa — 2 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 11th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then make a trip to Asahikawa Design Center, then get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kaneto Kawamura Ainu Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, explore the galleries of Collection Hall Chair Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Asahikawa Museum of Art, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Takasagosyuzo.

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You can drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature
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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 13th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then kick back and relax at Itanki Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiushito Wetland, and finally stop by Noboribetsu Dairy Farm.

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You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Noboribetsu, with lows of 22°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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.