25 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

25 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kamikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Sapporo is 8 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Sapporo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm & Onuma Park Walking Path). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Hakodate are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 7th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Wakkanai

— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wakkanai: Toyotomi-cho (Sarobetsu Marsh Center & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden). There's still lots to do: get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, trek along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, explore and take pictures at Yuhigaoka Parking Area, and make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wakkanai day trip planning tool.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Wakkanai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September in Wakkanai, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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 12th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway, and finally test the waters at Kuma no Yu. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rausu-cho trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wakkanai to Rausu-cho. In September in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 3 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Abashiri Prison Museum, &more). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, and stroll through Kawayu Park Ranch.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 2 hours. September in Teshikaga-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Kamikawa-cho

— 1 night
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
On the 17th (Fri), trek along Susoaidaira, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, then admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, and finally admire the engineering at Taisetu Dam.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kamikawa-cho day trip app.

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. September in Kamikawa-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 3 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 18th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then stroll through Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): experience rural life at Kanno Firm, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, explore and take pictures at Roller Coaster Road, cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then see the interesting displays at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station.

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Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kamikawa-cho in September, plan for slightly colder days in Asahikawa, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · 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.