9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo — 4 nights

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Nitori Museum of Art (Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch), Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sapporo travel app.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo is 17 hours. In October, Sapporo is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 55°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asahikawa travel planner.

Drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Asahikawa hover around 48°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Noboribetsu — 1 night

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakodate.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, stroll around Goryokaku Park, then get engrossed in the history at Goryokaku Tower, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hakodate tour builder.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.