Sushi lovers, take note: Otaru is famous for its sushi. You could alternate exploring local seafood specialties with strolls along its famous canals, doubling back for more sushi sampling among its 100 sushi restaurants, 20 clustered on Sushiya-dori Street alone. Otaru also has a great music box museum (3,400 boxes+) with a studio where you can make your own music box.
Nearby Sapporo has its own foodie appeal. You can visit the Sapporo Beer Museum for starters. More importantly, the city is the home of miso ramen, and an alley “Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho with many ramen shops draws enthusiasts. Soup curry, salmon, sea urchin, and crab also shrine in Sapporo cuisine. The surrounding countryside is known for its hot springs and traditional ryokan inns.