40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido route planner

Make it your trip
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rebun-cho
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Abashiri
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nemuro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kushiro
— 2 nights
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Obihiro
— 3 nights
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Furano
— 4 nights
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Otaru
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, test the waters at a local thermal spa, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate route maker app.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 5.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally make a trip to Enmado. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Sapporo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo City Hall Observatory.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sapporo travel site.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Sapporo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toyotomi-cho (Sarobetsu Marsh Center & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden) and Reindeer Ranch (in Horonobe-cho). The adventure continues: cruise along Ororon Line, make a trip to Cape Soya Wind Farm, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and explore and take pictures at Yuhigaoka Parking Area.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Wakkanai are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Rebun-cho

— 3 nights
On the 26th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Kafuka Port Ferry Terminal, enjoy breathtaking views from Momoiwa Observation Deck, enjoy breathtaking views from Momodai Nekodai Observatory, then don't miss a visit to Kita no Canaria Park, then make a trip to Cape Gorota, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Longevity Fountain, take in panoramic vistas at Himenuma Observatory, then take in panoramic vistas at Peshi Misaki Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhigaoka Observation Deck, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jimmen Rock.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rebun-cho trip maker.

Drive from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 2 nights

Wind Town

On the 28th (Mon), make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, make a trip to Cape Noshappu, then walk around Esandomarigyoko Park, and finally walk around Wakkanai Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wakkanai trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rebun-cho to Wakkanai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake, then visit Asahidake Ropeway, and finally get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, then take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, then admire the masterpieces at Teijiro Nakahara Memorial Asahikawa Sculpture Museum Station Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip planner.

Drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Abashiri

— 3 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Abashiri: Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Uramashu Observatory), Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io, Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, &more) and Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abashiri, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koshimizu Primeval Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Abashiri online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Abashiri in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Asahikawa in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Abashiri, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Nature · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, then stroll through Shiretoko Misaki, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho online travel route builder.

You can drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Nemuro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Nemuro

— 3 nights
Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Nemuro: Betsukai-cho (Narawara, Notsuke Peninsula, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Ochiishi Cape Foot Path, enjoy breathtaking views from Cape Nosappu, take in the dramatic natural features at Nemuro Kurumaishi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Nemuro online journey maker.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Nemuro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Nemuro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kushiro

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), make a trip to Takimi Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Bokke (Mud Volcano), then enjoy breathtaking views from Kottaro Swamp Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hosooka Observation, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hokuto Ancient Ruin Museum. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Haru Statue, take in the views from Nusamai Bridge, look for gifts at Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo, take in panoramic vistas at Kushiro Marsh Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kushiro City Tanchozuru Nature Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kushiro journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nemuro to Kushiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Obihiro.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Obihiro

— 3 nights
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Beet Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shichiku Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Rokka no Mori, don't miss a visit to Kofuku Station, then make a trip to Aikoku Station, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Manabe Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, tee off at Hoshino Resort Tomamu, take a peaceful walk through Tokachi Millenium Forest, then stop by Tokachimura, and finally bet on a winner at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Obihiro visit website.

You can drive from Kushiro to Obihiro in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kushiro in October, plan for slightly colder days in Obihiro, with highs around 53°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Furano.

Things to do in Obihiro

Parks · Outdoors · Baths · Winter Sports

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Furano: Biei-cho (Takushinkan, Shikisai no Oka, &more) and Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, learn about winemaking at Furano Budogaoka Park, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Furano trip maker tool.

Drive from Obihiro to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Obihiro in October since evenings lows in Furano dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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 with an excursion to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery in Yoichi-cho--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, and see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan.

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

Traveling by car from Furano to Otaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Otaru when traveling from Furano in October, with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): head outdoors with Tachimachi Cape.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Otaru to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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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.