8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nakafurano-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) 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

2
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.
On the 5th (Fri), make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), stroll around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, and finally make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take an in-depth tour of Karafuto Kankei Museum, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner .

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
Nakafurano-cho

Nakafurano-cho ©
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
On the 7th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Choei Lavender Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, then explore and take pictures at Tomita Melon House, and finally see the interesting displays at Goto Sumio Art Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nakafurano-cho trip builder website .

Getting from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nakafurano-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Goto Sumio Art Museum
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Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Choei Lavender Farm ©
Choei Lavender Farm
Tomita Melon House ©
Tomita Melon House

2
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
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 8th (Mon), make a trip to Asahikawa Station, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Shikisai no Oka, and then cruise along Patchwork no Michi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Nakafurano-cho to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in July, you will find days in Asahikawa are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

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