16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Furano
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Bologna

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Hakodate

— 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyu Soma-tei and Hakodate Horse Racetrack. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more). It doesn't end there: stop by Motomachi and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Church Hakodate.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate online trip planner.

Bologna, Italy to Hakodate is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bologna to Hakodate, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder 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 · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 2 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, stroll around Fukidashi Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinsennuma, and finally explore the ancient world of Soga Hokuei Stone Circle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, stroll through Shimamu Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Kamui. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kabuto, take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, and then explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planner.

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In May in Shakotan-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu and then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Shiretoko Highway and then explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rausu-cho trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Shakotan-cho to Rausu-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rausu-cho, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Road to Heaven, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Teshikaga-cho

— 2 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 10th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, then stroll around Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Okunoyu, then take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, then explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sakura Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho online trip planner.

Drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Furano.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Furano

— 2 nights
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, experience rural life at Saika no sato, and then fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Furano online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Furano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Furano are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Furano

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trip

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.