31 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

31 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Furano
— 4 nights
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Biei-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Abashiri
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
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Kushiro
— 4 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Nopporo Tondenheioku (in Ebetsu), Asadaen Farm (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Former Motosaburo Kaneko Store, Otaru Canal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo journey builder tool.

Paris, France to Sapporo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Sapporo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Nagareyama Camping Site & Shirotai Farm). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, browse the exhibits of Goryokaku Tower, and try to win big at Hakodate Horse Racetrack.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate online trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Hamadaen), Tomakomai City Science Center (in Tomakomai) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu, snap pictures at Hakucho Bridge, and get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park.

Before you visit Noboribetsu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Furano

— 4 nights
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Get out of town with these interesting Furano side-trips: Kamifurano-cho (Hinode Park & Onsen Resorts), Asahikawa (Asahiyama Park, Asahiyama Zoo, &more) and Lake Kanayama Lavender Garden (in Minamifurano-cho). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, look for gifts at Campana Rokkatei, and don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Furano travel route planner.

Drive from Noboribetsu to Furano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Biei-cho

— 4 nights
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biei-cho: Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Asahidake Ropeway) and Kamifurano-cho (Flower Land Kamifurano & Hinode Lavender Garden). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirogane Blue Pond, make a trip to Panorama Road, experience rural life at Biei Farm, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Biei-cho visit planner.

You can drive from Furano to Biei-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Biei-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Abashiri

— 3 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Abashiri side-trips: Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho), Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Mashu, Lake Mashu, &more) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, admire the natural beauty at Koshimizu Primeval Garden, see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, and stroll through Okhotsk Chipmunk Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Abashiri online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Abashiri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, and then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Onnebetsu River, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach.

Plan a trip to Shari-cho easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kushiro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kushiro

— 4 nights
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Kushiro side-trips: Shibecha-cho (Tawadaira, Sarurun Observation Deck, &more), Watanabe Experience Farm (in Teshikaga-cho) and Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Hosooka Observation, contemplate the long history of Iwabokki Suimon, make a trip to Onnenai Boardwalk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kushiro attractions planning website.

Drive from Shari-cho to Kushiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Kushiro sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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.