12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
5
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Sapporo

1
day
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
On the 8th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, stop by Hakodateyama Ropeway Sancho Shop, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online vacation maker .

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Hakodate to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, stroll around Odori Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and finally make a trip to Hokkaido University Former Sapporo Agricultural School and Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, get engrossed in the history at Karafuto Kankei Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
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 11th (Sat), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and then contemplate the long history of Oshoro Annular Stone. On the next day, hit the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort.

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You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Otaru, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, then explore the activities along Blue Pond, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Biruke no Mori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, then go for a walk through Akai Yane no Koya, and then cruise along Patchwork no Michi.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Biei-cho road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Otaru to Biei-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Otaru in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Biei-cho: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Asahi-dake
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Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): do a tasting at Furano Budogaoka Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Wind. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Furano Ski Resort, and then make a trip to Ningle Terrace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Furano online day trip planner .

Drive from Biei-cho to Furano in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nakafurano-cho, Asahiyama Zoo, Roller Coaster Road
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Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

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