43 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

43 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
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Toyako-cho
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
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Asahikawa
— 6 nights
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Abashiri
— 5 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Kushiro
— 6 nights
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Hakodate
— 5 nights

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Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Take a break from the city and head to Shimamu Beach and Cape Kamui. Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya and Universe Memorial Hall Yoichi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula and make a trip to Cape Shakotan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Shakotan-cho is an approximately 41-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Shakotan-cho is 12 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect Shakotan-cho to be much colder, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then look for gifts at Boot Solutions Niseko. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort, then take in the waterfront at Iwanai Fishing Harbour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiko-in Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kutchan-cho are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Boot Solutions Niseko ©
Boot Solutions Niseko

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Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Toya and Showashinzan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toyako-cho: Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Bankei Fureai Center) and Date (Kinoko Oukoku, Kitayuzawa & Sangaitaki Park).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Toyako-cho day trip planning website.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Toyako-cho by car takes about an hour. In December in Toyako-cho, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Showashinzan
Showashinzan
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Take a break from the city and head to Jigokudani and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Get a sense of the local culture at Kanto Rera and Katta Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noboribetsu: Lake Kuttara (in Shiraoi-cho), Tomakomai (Tarumaesan Shrine, Ikoro no Mori, &more) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, stop by Wakasaimo Hompo, Noboribetsuonsen, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Noboribetsu takes an hour. December in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Northern Horse Park ©
Northern Horse Park

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shirogane Blue Pond and Furano Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Zerubunoka Atomunooka, Shikisai no Oka, &more) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, stop by Furano Marche, don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, and admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Asahikawa is a bit cooler than Noboribetsu - with highs of -2°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Get some cultural insight at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum and Abashiri Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Io and Lake Kussharo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Abashiri: Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Lake Kussharo Sand Bath (in Teshikaga-cho). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, explore the striking landscape at Cape Notoro, explore the activities along Lake Abashiri, and take in panoramic vistas at Tentozan Viewing Platform.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Abashiri online journey planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Abashiri in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Asahikawa in January, expect little chillier with lows of -13°C in Abashiri. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

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Lake Kussharo Sand Bath ©
Lake Kussharo Sand Bath
Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Mashu and Oshin Koshin Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory & Onsen Resorts). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Road to Heaven, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, and stroll around Pereke River Shore Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shari-cho when traveling from Abashiri in January, with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

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Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

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Kushiro

Kushiro ©
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 The Kushiro City Museum and Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk. Step out of the city life by going to Akan Lake and Kushiroshitsugen National Park. When in Kushiro, make a side trip to see Hosooka Observation in Kushiro-cho, approximately Kushiro-cho away. There's much more to do: stop by Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo, take in the dramatic natural features at Bokke (Mud Volcano), get engrossed in the history at Hokuto Ancient Ruin Museum, and see where the action happens at Kushiro Ice Arena.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kushiro trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Kushiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Kushiro are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Kushiroshitsugen National Park ©
Kushiroshitsugen National Park
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk ©
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

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.
Head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Morning Marketfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Goryokaku Park and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Onuma Lake), Esashi-cho (Inishie Way & Ubagami Daijingu Shrine) and Michi-no-Eki Assabu (in Assabu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Motomachi, see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kushiro to Hakodate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kushiro in January, Hakodate is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

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