41 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

41 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 5 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Asahikawa
— 6 nights
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Kushiro
— 4 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Hakodate

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Hakodate and Gokoku Shrine Hill. Goryokaku Tower and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Mishima Shrine, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more) and Hokuto (Ruins of Matsumae Clan Hekirichi Jinya, Trappist Monasteries, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate road trip planning app.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In June, Hakodate is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 5 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Do some cultural sightseeing at Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art and Arishima Memorial Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Otaru (Shioya Beach & Ransima Beach), Hiyamizu Toge Karudera Viewing Platform (in Akaigawa-mura) and Kakizaki Shoten (in Yoichi-cho). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kagaminuma, head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, and explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Golf

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Ogon Misaki, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, then don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then take an in-depth tour of Yoichi Fisheries Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planner.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muroran Hachimangu Shrine and Onibokora. Escape the urban bustle at Jigokudani and Showashinzan. Step out of Noboribetsu with an excursion to Harukaramoi in Muroran--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Noboribetsu journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in June, Noboribetsu is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Otaru Canal and Nidom Classic Course. Get some cultural insight at Susukino and Sapporo Clock Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose), Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Tomioka Catholic Church, &more) and Katsura Gulf Club (in Tomakomai). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, walk around Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 6 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akabira City Coal Mine Heritage Guidance Facility and Kamikawa Shrine. Visiting Shirogane Blue Pond and Daisetsuzan will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, Asahidake Ropeway, &more), Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Patchwork no Michi, &more) and Daisetsu Kogen Swamp (in Kamikawa-cho). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aibetsu Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip maker website.

You can drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Asahikawa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan and Hokuto Ancient Ruin Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Akan Lake and Cape Namida. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kushiro: Shibecha-cho (Sarurun Observation Deck, Ajikoen, &more), Hosooka Observation (in Kushiro-cho) and North Pacific Ocean Seaside Line (in Hamanaka-cho). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Onnenai Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Iwabokki Suimon, and examine the collection at Eco Museum Center.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Kushiro trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Kushiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kushiro, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 4 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Moyoro Kaizuka-kan. Get outdoors at Akan-Mashu National Park and Lake Mashu. Venture out of the city with trips to Abashiri (Abashiri Coast & Abashiri Prison Museum), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Ashoro-cho (Lake Onneto & Nonaka Onsen Honkan). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Meakan-dake, enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, stroll through Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

Drive from Kushiro to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Raiun Shrine and Shiretoko Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko Beach and Shiretoko Tourist. Venture out of the city with trips to Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho) and Rausu-cho (Shiretoko Highway, Kuma no Yu, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, explore and take pictures at Road to Heaven, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Misaki.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Shari-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.