12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Hakodate Airport, Drive to Nanae-cho
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Nanae-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-to
— 1 night
Drive
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Rebun-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Higashikawa-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Nanae-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Akamatsu Highway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Ruins of Matsumae Clan Hekirichi Jinya, see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Konbukan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, and finally stroll around Onuma Quasi-National Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nanae-cho day trip tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Nanae-cho is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Nanae-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Nanae-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then explore the activities along Shimamu Beach, and then make a trip to Cape Shakotan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cape Kabuto, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho trip builder.

Getting from Nanae-cho to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rishiri-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-to

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rishiri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kita no Itsukushima Bentengu, then head off the coast to Rishiri Island, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Peshi Misaki Observatory.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rishiri-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Rishiri-cho in 9 hours. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in July, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Rishiri-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Rishiri-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rebun-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Minai Shrine, then head off the coast to Rebun Island, then don't miss a visit to Sky cape, and finally get great views at Sukoton Cape.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rebun-cho day trip site.

Drive from Rishiri-cho to Rebun-cho in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rebun-cho can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Rausu-cho

— 2 nights
Serving as the gateway to the World Heritage-listed region of Shiretoko, the fishing town of Rausu-cho seduces visitors with its dramatic natural scenery and cultural richness.
Explore hidden gems such as Shibetsu Salmon Park and Takimi no Yu. Get in touch with nature at Narawara and Shiretoko Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall (in Shari-cho) and Notsuke Peninsula (in Betsukai-cho). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rebun-cho to Rausu-cho by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake, and finally explore the activities along Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Higashikawa-cho trip planning website.

Getting from Rausu-cho to Higashikawa-cho by car takes about 7 hours. When traveling from Rausu-cho in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Higashikawa-cho: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.