16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  21​h
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Bologna

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakodate Horse Racetrack and Trappist Monasteries. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Park Walking Path, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Church Hakodate, and take a stroll through Motomachi.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip site .

Bologna, Italy to Hakodate is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bologna to Hakodate. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bologna in April, with highs in Hakodate at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, walk around Fukidashi Park, then explore the activities along Shinsennuma, and finally delve into the distant past at Soga Hokuei Stone Circle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Kutchan-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fukidashi Park, Shinsennuma, Soga Hokuei Stone Circle, Lake Toya, Mt. Yotei
Highlights from your plan
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Fukidashi Park ©
Fukidashi Park
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

2
nights
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 4th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, explore the activities along Shimamu Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Cape Kabuto, then take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Shakotan-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Kabuto
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

2
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Shiretoko Highway and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko National Park.

Plan my trip to Rausu-cho with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Shakotan-cho to Rausu-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Rausu-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hokkaido
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Highway ©
Shiretoko Highway

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Road to Heaven, then make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki, and then stroll through Shiretoko Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. In May in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Mashu Third Observatory, walk around Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Okunoyu, enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sakura Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip site .

You can drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary, Sakura Falls, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Bihorotoge Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park ©
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
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.
On the 12th (Tue), stop by Campana Rokkatei, then relax in the rural setting at Saika no sato, and then stroll through Furano Ski Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Furano day trip website .

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Furano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Furano sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Furano

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Saika no sato
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Saika no sato ©
Saika no sato
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei

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