17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Hakodate
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles

5
nights
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.
Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Houkiji Temple (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, Onuma Park Walking Path, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, take a stroll through Motomachi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate holiday planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Hakodate, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Hakodate to be colder, temps between 32°F and 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Houkiji Temple
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho travel planner.

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakodate in January, plan for little chillier days in Kutchan-cho, with highs around 27°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & JR Otaru Station). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Biei-cho side-trips: Asahikawa (Asahiyama Zoo, Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, & more), Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, and don't miss a visit to Patchwork no Michi.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Biei-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in January, Biei-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Asahikawa, Furano, Daisetsuzan, Asahi-dake, Farm Tomita
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Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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