5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

5 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Hakodate
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Sapporo
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Hakodate

— 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate vacation site.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect Hakodate to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Sapporo

— 2 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.
Susukino and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

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Hokkaido travel guide

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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.