8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Chitose
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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.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chitose travel route planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Chitose is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Chitose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in February, expect Chitose to be much colder, temps between 0°C and -12°C. On the 12th (Sat), you're off 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Noboribetsu Bear Park as well as Jigokudani. On the 12th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park and then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Noboribetsu trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Chitose to Noboribetsu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chitose in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -4°C in Noboribetsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Toyako-cho.
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Toyako-cho — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get into the urban bustle at Toyako Cultural Center. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, then explore by horseback at Lake Toya Ranch, and then view the masterpieces at Gla Gla.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Toyako-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Toyako-cho in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -4°C. You'll set off for Otaru on the 15th (Tue).
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Otaru — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Otaru Canal. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

Before you visit Otaru, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Otaru takes 2 hours. When traveling from Toyako-cho in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Otaru, with highs around -1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 1 night

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 17th (Thu), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take a stroll through Susukino, and then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planner.

You can drive from Otaru to Sapporo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Hokkaido travel guide

Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Observation Decks
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.