20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Furano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wakkanai
— 1 night
Drive
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Abashiri
— 1 night
Drive
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Nemuro
— 1 night
Drive
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Kushiro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Obihiro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tomakomai
— 1 night
Drive
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Toyako-cho
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Otaru
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 2 nights

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Sapporo

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Retro Space Saka Hall, then get outside with Makumbetsu Marshmarshland, and then admire the natural beauty at Royce Rose Garden.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online journey planner.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. August in Sapporo sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): walk around Torinuma Park, then see the interesting displays at Furabi, and then visit Leisure Guide Asobiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Saiko no sato Sasaki Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at Hinode Lavender Garden, and then examine the collection at Goto Sumio Art Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Furano travel route planning website.

Drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Furano. You will leave for Wakkanai on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 1 night

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Wakkanai trip planner.

You can drive from Furano to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Furano, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wakkanai, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. You will leave for Abashiri on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Abashiri

— 1 night
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Start your trip to Abashiri by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Wakkanai to Abashiri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel to Nemuro.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Nemuro

— 1 night
Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Hanasaki Cape and then hike along Ochiishi Cape Foot Path.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nemuro online travel route planner.

You can drive from Abashiri to Nemuro in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nemuro can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kushiro.

Things to do in Nemuro

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Kushiro

— 2 nights
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Churui island. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Sarurun Observation Deck, then visit Tsurui Dosanko Farm, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Manabotto Nusamai Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kushiro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nemuro to Kushiro takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Obihiro.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Obihiro

— 3 nights
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Explore hidden gems such as Hokkaido Tokachi Echology Park and Tokachi Ranch. When in Obihiro, make a side trip to see Nakasatsunai Museum in Nakasatsunai-mura, approximately Nakasatsunai-mura away. There's still lots to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, see the interesting displays at Beet Museum, contemplate the long history of Obihiro Shrine, and stroll around Midorigaoka Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Obihiro trip builder tool.

Getting from Kushiro to Obihiro by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kushiro in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Obihiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tomakomai.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Tomakomai

— 1 night
Tomakomai is a city and port in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tomakomai trip planner.

Getting from Obihiro to Tomakomai by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll set off for Toyako-cho on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Tomakomai

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

Toyako-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu, then take some stellar pictures from Usuzan Ropeway, and then stop by Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Toyako-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Tomakomai to Toyako-cho in 2 hours. August in Toyako-cho sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Hakodate Observatory and Trappist Monasteries. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm, Onuma Lake, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Hachiman Shrine and don't miss a visit to Oldest Telegraph Pole.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip tool.

Getting from Toyako-cho to Hakodate by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hakodate are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Otaru.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Otaru

— 1 night

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church and then wander the wide-open spaces of Haruka Horse Ranch.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Otaru trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Otaru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Otaru are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites

Sapporo

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo City Hall Observatory. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, head outdoors with Ishiyama Ryokuchi, and then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your 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.