31 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

31 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido travel route planner

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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Kamikawa-cho
— 4 nights
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Asahikawa
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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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 outdoors at Mount Hakodate and Dosanko Farm Hakodate. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path, Nagareyama Camping Site, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Goryokaku Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, take a stroll through Motomachi, and admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate travel route app.

Vienna, Austria to Hakodate is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Vienna to Hakodate, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Vienna in September since evenings lows in Hakodate dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 4 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Visiting Jigokudani and Kiushito Wetland will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Utasai Beech Forests (in Kuromatsunai-cho) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, and try out the rides at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 5 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get outdoors at Sakura Falls and Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Teshikaga-cho: Abashiri (Okhotsk Chipmunk Park & Abashiri Prison Museum) and Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond, Shiretoko Tourist, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, explore the activities along Lake Mashu, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Teshikaga-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rausu-cho

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shiretoko Beach and Oshin Koshin Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rausu-cho: Shari-cho (Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall & Furepe Waterfall). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and boost your wellbeing at Kuma no Yu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Rausu-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rausu-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trips

Kamikawa-cho

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Daisetsuzan and Kurodake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kamikawa-cho: Sugatami no Ike Lake (in Higashikawa-cho), Naitai Kogen Farm (in Kamishihoro-cho) and Nupukano Sato (in Shihoro-cho). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Akadake Ginsendai, admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, trek along Sounkyo Momojidani, and stroll through Sounkyo Gorge.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kamikawa-cho trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rausu-cho to Kamikawa-cho. In September, daytime highs in Kamikawa-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Shirogane Blue Pond and Ken & Mary Tree. Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls & Shikisai no Oka) and Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, experience rural life at Ueno Farm, and make a trip to Asahikawa Station.

Plan my trip to Asahikawa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in September, expect nights in Asahikawa to be somewhat warmer, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Otaru Canal and Giro21 MTB&Nature Tourguide - Daytours. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Tanaka Sake Brewing Kikkogura (in Otaru), Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Susukino, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, and find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sapporo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.