FLY TO JAPAN SAPPORO
Sapporo Model Course
If you are looking to explore Hokkaido and you are arriving via New Chitose Airport, check out our recommended four-day itinerary in Japan’s northernmost prefecture!
Day 1: Sapporo
Just 35 minutes away from the airport via rapid train, you can immediately start off your first day in Hokkaido’s capital and the country’s fifth largest city, Sapporo. Well known for its scrumptious ramen, refreshing beer, and annual snow festival, you will not run out of fun things to do and interesting places to visit in the area. For a 360-degree view of the city, go to the 90-meter-high observation deck of the Sapporo TV Tower at Odori Park. And if you are curious about the local nightlife, make your way to the entertainment district of Susukino.
Day 2: Otaru
On day 2, hop on a rapid train and travel from Sapporo Station to Otaru Canal for about 40 minutes. This historic canal is lined with old warehouses that were transformed into stylish shops and restaurants. During the day, you will find local vendors and artists selling their products along the canal; and at night, the canal is beautifully lit, making it perfect for a romantic night stroll. Tip: For an even lovelier night, time your visit when the Snow Light Path Festival is held in winter.
Day 3: Furano and Biei
Spend day 3 in the midst of nature and visit Farm Tomita in the city of Furano, about two and a half hours by bus from the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal. From spring to autumn, you can see vast fields of over 80 kinds of flowers, including the fragrant lavender which the farm is popular for. Don’t miss out on the lavender-flavored soft cream, too, that is not only perfect for your Instagram but also your taste buds!
Shirogane Blue Pond
Just 35 minutes away from Farm Tomita by car, why not explore more nature spots and drop by Shirogane Blue Pond in Biei? This artificial pond boasts various stunning hues of blue, caused by natural minerals in the water, depending on the season and weather. In winter, the pond is also illuminated, but it is said that the best time to see it is between the months of May and June.
Day 4: Hakodate
On your final day, go on a journey to Hakodate, located near the southern tip of Hokkaido. As the city is surrounded by water on three sides, you are ought to find only the freshest seafood here. Make sure to try the popular Japanese dish called “kaisendon” (seafood rice bowl) to satiate your appetite! The best place to sample this dish is probably Hakodate Morning Market’s Donburi Yokocho, where a multitude of restaurants offer rice bowls with different seafood toppings.
Hakodate Night View
After filling your tummy with all that seafood goodness, it’s time to head for the summit of Mt. Hakodate. Recognized as one of the best not only in Japan but in the world, the Hakodate night view was awarded three Michelin stars, which means you can’t afford to miss it! Take the ropeway to the mountain’s 334-meter-high observatory, and in just three minutes, sweeping panoramic views of the city, the surrounding bay, sea, and mountains will appear right in front of your eyes. You will be completely mesmerized by this night view that is described to sparkle like a jewelry box!