8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner
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Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Singapore

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then contemplate the long history of Former Gatehouse of Sapporo Agricultural College, and finally kick back and relax at Furusato Beach. On the next day, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, then get outside with Otamoi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Honjin Tanukidaimyo Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker tool.

Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in September, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. On the 17th (Tue), 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 17th (Tue), cruise along Shujitsu no Oka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then look for gifts at Asahikawa Design Center, then get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kaneto Kawamura Ainu Museum. On your second day here, explore the activities along Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, view the masterpieces at Collection Hall Chair Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Asahikawa Museum of Art, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Takasagosyuzo.

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Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then kick back and relax at Itanki Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland, and finally look for gifts at Noboribetsu Dairy Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Hokkaido travel guide

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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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