42 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

42 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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42 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Asahikawa
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Furano
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Hakodate
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Kussharo and Sakura Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Teshikaga-cho: Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (in Ozora-cho), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yoroushi Onsen, ride a horse along Kawayu Park Ranch, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Onneto, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bokke (Mud Volcano).

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San Francisco, USA to Teshikaga-cho is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Teshikaga-cho. Traveling from San Francisco in February, things will get colder in Teshikaga-cho: highs are around 29°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kushiro, Kiyosato-cho, Nakashibetsu-cho, Bihorotoge Lookout, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park ©
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls

3
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Peninsula. Get out of town with these interesting Rausu-cho side-trips: Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Peninsula & Notsuke Peninsula Natural Flower Garden).

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rausu-cho trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho in 2 hours. March in Rausu-cho sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Betsukai-cho
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck ©
Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck

4
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko Beach and Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples. Venture out of the city with trips to Shibetsu Salmon Park (in Shibetsu-cho) and Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Okhotsk Chipmunk Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip maker .

Getting from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Shibetsu Salmon Park
Highlights from your plan
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©

5
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort and Kurodake. Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Shibazakura Takinoue Park (in Takinoue-cho), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Patchwork no Michi (in Biei-cho). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kamuikotan, get outside with Himawari no Sato, and hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planner .

You can drive from Shari-cho to Asahikawa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Patchwork no Michi, Hoppo Yasoen, Viva Alpaca Farm, Shibazakura Takinoue Park
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

4
nights
Furano

Furano ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Furano Ski Resort and Saika no sato. Get out of town with these interesting Furano side-trips: Onsen Resorts (in Obihiro), Tokachi Ranch (in Otofuke-cho) and Biei-cho (Panorama Road, Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Shikaribetsu Lake, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, fly down the slopes at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, and cruise along Roller Coaster Road.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Furano day trip site .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Furano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in March, Furano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Nakafurano-cho, Shikaribetsu Lake, Roller Coaster Road, Tokachi Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Panorama Road ©
Panorama Road
Shikaribetsu Lake ©
Shikaribetsu Lake

4
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Oyunuma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Toyako-cho (Lake Toya Ranch, Toyako Volcano Science Museum, & more), Shiraginu no Toko (in Date) and Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Usuzan Ropeway). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakajima Shrine, and laugh and play at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Furano to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Furano in March; daily highs in Noboribetsu reach 42°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Sobetsu-cho, Nakajima Shrine, Shiraginu no Toko, Lake Toya
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum

5
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Shakotan-cho (Shimamu Beach, Cape Kamui, & more) and Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, head outdoors with Niseko Annupuri, and walk around Fukidashi Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho trip app .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in March, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are little chillier (35°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Niseko-cho, Fukidashi Park, Shinsennuma, Niseko Annupuri
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

5
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Motomachi and Onuma Quasi-National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, Onuma Lake, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, you will find days in Hakodate are a bit warmer (41°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

6
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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 off the beaten path and head to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and Thermal Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (JR Otaru Station, Otaru Canal, & more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planning site .

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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