15 days in Hokkaido & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido & Melbourne Itinerary

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Hakodate, Japan
— 1 night
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Shakotan-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights

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Hakodate, Japan

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 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and then take a stroll through Motomachi. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip app.

Melbourne, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Hakodate is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Hakodate to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Shakotan-cho, Japan

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho road trip planning app.

Getting from Hakodate to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakodate in October, you will find days in Shakotan-cho are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Sapporo, Japan

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sapporo Beer Museum and Hakko Gakuen Kuribayashi Memorial Hall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hokkaido Jingu and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Yoichi-cho to see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery about 1h 20 min away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park, and explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as William Ricketts Sanctuary and St Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Collins St/Swanston St and Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Aireys Inlet (Cinema Point Lookout Great Ocean Road & Split Point Lighthouse), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Spas (in Torquay). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the galleries of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and admire the masterpieces at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Melbourne in 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Sapporo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.