28 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

28 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido travel planner

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Chitose
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Otaru
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
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Rebun-cho
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Rishiri-cho
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Asahikawa
— 4 nights
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Chitose

— 2 nights
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium, and then browse the different shops at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chitose trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Chitose is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Chitose due to the time zone difference. June in Chitose sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Chitose

Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Hakodate

— 4 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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and stroll through Goryokaku Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip maker.

You can fly from Chitose to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Showashinzan) and Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, and look for gifts at Noboribetsu Dairy Farm.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu road trip planning site.

Getting from Hakodate to Noboribetsu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Otaru

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Otaru to go to Yoichi-cho and see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Otaru holiday planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Otaru in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in June, Otaru is a bit warmer at night with lows of 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 3 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.
Sapporo is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo tour planner.

You can take a train from Otaru to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Wakkanai

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Inori No to Tower, don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and then pause for some photo ops at Nihon Saihokutan no Chi Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from 100th Year Memorial Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, then make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, and finally stroll around Wakkanai Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wakkanai trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in June, Wakkanai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. You will leave for Rebun-cho on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Rebun-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten, then take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape, then don't miss a visit to Sky cape, and finally don't miss a visit to Todojima Obsevatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Takayama Botanical Garden, make a trip to Kita no Canaria Park, take a leisurely stroll along Kafuka Port Ferry Terminal, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Rebunto Onsen Usuyuki no Yu, then take in panoramic vistas at Momoiwa Observation Deck, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Momodai Nekodai Observatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rebun-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho takes 3 hours. June in Rebun-cho sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rishiri-cho.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Rishiri-cho

— 2 nights
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the activities along Kanro Spring Water, step off the mainland to explore Rishiri Island, then make a trip to Rishirito Natural Recreation Forest Hokuroku Camp Site, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Peshi Misaki Observatory. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Himenuma Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Otatomari Swamp, walk around Semposhi Misaki Park, then see the interesting displays at Rishiricho Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rishiri, and finally explore the activities along Reiho Yusui Springs.

You can plan Rishiri-cho trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rebun-cho to Rishiri-cho takes 2 hours. June in Rishiri-cho sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Rishiri-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Asahikawa

— 4 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asahikawa: Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Asahidake Ropeway), Furano (Garden of Wind & Ningle Terrace) and Biei-cho (Ken & Mary Tree, Shirahige Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, and buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae.

Make your Asahikawa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Rishiri-cho to Asahikawa in 6.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Asahikawa when traveling from Rishiri-cho in June, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Chitose.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chitose

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Ecorin Village and then revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chitose day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Chitose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Chitose, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chitose

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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.