25 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

25 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido vacation planner

Make it your trip
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Okurayama Lookout.

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Dusseldorf, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In December, Sapporo is little chillier than Dusseldorf - with highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm & Onuma Park Walking Path). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dosanko Farm Hakodate.

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You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. December in Hakodate sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can 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 2nd (Sat), try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally make a trip to Cape Chikyu.

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You can drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly 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 Wakkanai's surroundings by going to Toyotomi-cho (Sarobetsu Marsh Center & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden). There's lots more to do: hike along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, cruise along Yuhigaoka Parking Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakanoshita Shrine.

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You can fly from Noboribetsu to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Noboribetsu in January, with highs in Wakkanai at -4°C and lows at -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kuma no Yu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu.

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Explore your travel options from Wakkanai to Rausu-cho with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Rausu-cho can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Abashiri Prison Museum, &more), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, explore by horseback at Kawayu Park Ranch, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, and take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

Getting from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): trek along Susoaidaira, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ginga Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Taisetu Dam.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamikawa-cho trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Kamikawa-cho takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Teshikaga-cho in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Kamikawa-cho, with lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough 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 13th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Kanno Firm, go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, cruise along Roller Coaster Road, then take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, then examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip builder app.

Getting from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in January, Asahikawa is a bit warmer at night with lows of -9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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.