9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip builder

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Otaru
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive
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Furano
— 1 day
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Monbetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
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Tsurui-mura
— 1 night
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Makubetsu-cho
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Otaru

Town of Hills

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.
For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Otaru route planning site.

Sapporo to Otaru is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Sapporo

— 1 night

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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Otaru to Sapporo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Furano

— 1 day
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 24th (Mon): hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort and then make a trip to Ningle Terrace.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Furano using our trip planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Furano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, Furano is slightly colder at night with lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Furano

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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 24th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Takuboku Ishikawa Statue and Monument and then don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Asahikawa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Furano to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monbetsu.
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Monbetsu

— 1 night
Famed for the drift ice passing just off its coastline, Monbetsu makes for a perfect winter destination.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Okhotsk Tower, engage your brain at Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okhotsk Tokkari Center.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monbetsu driving holiday planner.

Drive from Asahikawa to Monbetsu in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Monbetsu are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Monbetsu

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Teshikaga-cho

— 1 night
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Kawayu Onsen Station, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, then make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho day trip planner.

Getting from Monbetsu to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 3 hours. In December in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Tsurui-mura

— 1 night
On the 27th (Thu), make a trip to Tsurumidai.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tsurui-mura trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Tsurui-mura in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Makubetsu-cho.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Makubetsu-cho

— 1 night
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at The Churui Museum of Naumann's Elephant.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Makubetsu-cho trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tsurui-mura to Makubetsu-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Makubetsu-cho when traveling from Tsurui-mura in December, with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Makubetsu-cho

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a stroll through Motomachi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, appreciate the history behind Hokkaido Dai Ippo no Chi Monument, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then walk around Goryokaku Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hachimanzaka, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Cha Cha Nobori Daisan-saka, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hakodate road trip planner.

You can drive from Makubetsu-cho to Hakodate in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Makubetsu-cho in December, things will get a bit warmer in Hakodate: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.

Nakagawa-gun travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Landmarks · Specialty Museums