23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Higashikawa-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shinsennuma and JR Otaru Station. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Spas, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, &more), Niseko Outdoor Center (in Niseko-cho) and Kagaminuma (in Kutchan-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Minapa, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sapporo holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Sapporo is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Rausu-cho

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Highway. Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Peninsula and Shiretoko Pass. Explore Rausu-cho's surroundings by going to Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center, Notsuke Peninsula, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kuma no Yu.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Rausu-cho travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Rausu-cho. October in Rausu-cho sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Shiretoko Misaki and Kaminoko Pond. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho), Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Kawayu Park Ranch, &more) and Kiyosato-cho (Ippon no Michi & Sakura Falls). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Sandan no Taki Fall, and get outside with Road to Heaven.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In October in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Higashikawa-cho

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asahi-dake and Kurodake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Takushinkan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Higashikawa-cho: Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp, Daisetsuzan, &more), Biei-cho (Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, Patchwork no Michi, &more) and Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho).

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Higashikawa-cho day trip website.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Higashikawa-cho in 6 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Higashikawa-cho when traveling from Shari-cho in October, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Shakotan-cho

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 16th (Sat): get great views at Cape Kamui Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, then don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Higashikawa-cho to Shakotan-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Higashikawa-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shakotan-cho, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Hakodate

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Motomachi and Trappistine Monasteries. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Onuma Park Walking Path and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Onuma Lake). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate travel route planning site.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.