31 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

31 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 4 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nakafurano-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kamikawa-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rausu-cho
— 4 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more) and Houkiji Temple (in Hokuto). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate journey builder app.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in August, with highs in Hakodate at 28°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 4 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noboribetsu: Lake Kuttara (in Shiraoi-cho), Sobetsu-cho (Showashinzan, Usuzan Ropeway, &more) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, take in panoramic vistas at Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform, stroll around Sengen Park, and get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu road trip website.

Getting from Hakodate to Noboribetsu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 10th (Mon), soak in some Japanese tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan, then make a trip to Cape Kamui, then head outdoors with Shimamu Beach, and finally make a trip to Cape Shakotan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, take in the dramatic natural features at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, then relax in the rural setting at Asadaen Farm, and finally experience rural life at Apple House.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho tour app.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Shakotan-cho in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Spas · Beaches

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leksand Memorial Park (in Tobetsu-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Denuki Koji, Otaru Canal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo road trip app.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sapporo are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakafurano-cho

— 2 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita Lavender East, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Choei Lavender Farm, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, then relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House, then experience rural life at Saika no sato, and finally make a trip to Ningle Terrace.

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Traveling by car from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Nakafurano-cho when traveling from Sapporo in August, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 5 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Himawari no Sato (in Hokuryu-cho), Rumoi (Moeru Tenpoku Ororon Route & Kamuiwa Comprehensive Park) and Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka, relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, and take in nature's colorful creations at Zerubunoka Atomunooka.

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Getting from Nakafurano-cho to Asahikawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Asahikawa, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Kamikawa-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamikawa-cho side-trips: Kamishihoro-cho (Mikuni Pass Observation Deck & Taushubetsu River Bridge) and Sugatami no Ike Lake (in Higashikawa-cho). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, don't miss a visit to Sobakudai, and contemplate the waterfront views at Daisetsu Kogen Swamp.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kamikawa-cho tour itinerary app.

Getting from Asahikawa to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Asahikawa in August since evenings lows in Kamikawa-cho dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Rausu-cho

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rausu-cho side-trips: Kiyosato-cho (Ippon no Michi & Kaminoko Pond), Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu & Lake Mashu First Observatory) and Shari-cho (Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, Old Sulfur Mining Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, enjoy breathtaking views from Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, and get outside with Shiretoko Highway.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Kamikawa-cho to Rausu-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in August, you will find days in Rausu-cho are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.