46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 6 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Furano
— 6 nights
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Tsurui-mura
— 3 nights
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Abashiri
— 6 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Motomachi and Trappist Monasteries. Visiting Mt. Esan and Akamatsu Highway will get you outdoors. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Matsumae Castle (in Matsumae-cho), Onuma Park Walking Path (in Nanae-cho) and Yokozuna Chiyonoyama Chiyonofuji Kinenkan (in Fukushima-cho). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, get engrossed in the history at Kaiyomaru, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Hakodate is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries

6
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get some cultural insight at Iwanaicho Folk Museum and Mimatsu Masao Memorial Hall. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Yotei and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Noboribetsu (Jigokudani, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, &more), Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho) and Toyako-cho (Toyako Geijutsukan, Toyako Visitor Center, &more). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort, do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko, head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, and take a peaceful walk through Utasai Beech Forests.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho online road trip planner.

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. Traveling from Hakodate in April, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

2
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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.
On the 29th (Wed), make a trip to Cape Shakotan, kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then steep yourself in history at Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace, then get engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Furano.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Highlights from your plan
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

6
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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.
Let the collections at Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai and Hokuchin Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asahikawashi Museum and Asahi-dake. Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Tsuchino Yakata (in Kamifurano-cho), Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake & Asahidake Natural Hiking Route) and Shirogane Blue Pond (in Biei-cho). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, admire the striking features of Old Kamuikotan Railroad Station, see the interesting displays at Furabi, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Furano trip planning website.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Furano in 4 hours. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 2°C in Furano. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

3
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Tsurui-mura

Tsurui-mura ©
Visiting Yoroushi Onsen and Kaminoko Pond will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Onneto and Kayanuma Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirafuji no Taki Waterfall (in Ashoro-cho) and Lake Kussharo (in Teshikaga-cho).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tsurui-mura vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Furano to Tsurui-mura in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Furano in May: highs in Tsurui-mura hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Onneto ©
Lake Onneto

6
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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.
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Tonden History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Moyoro Kaizuka-kan and Kawayu Eco Museum Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Chacha World (in Engaru-cho), Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho) and Teshikaga-cho (Ponpon Trail, Mt. Io, &more). There's much more to do: get outside with Abashiri Lakeside, take an in-depth tour of Kitami Mint Memorial Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Ubaranai Sango-so Colony, and see the interesting displays at Mombetsu Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Abashiri online trip maker.

You can drive from Tsurui-mura to Abashiri in 2 hours. In May in Abashiri, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park ©
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls

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Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
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.
Get outdoors at Notsuke Peninsula and Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko Peninsula and Shiretoko Highway. Take a break from Rausu-cho with a short trip to Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu-cho, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko National Park, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rausu-cho trip maker app.

Drive from Abashiri to Rausu-cho in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Road to Heaven. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shibetsu Salmon Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho) and Nakashibetsu-cho (Arakawa Hanga Museum, Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport Observation Deck, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Oshinkosin Observation Deck.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho planner.

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. May in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royce' Chocolate World and The Hokkaido University Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari Shrine and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Venture out of the city with trips to Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Hello Kitty Happy Flight (in Chitose) and Otaru (Otaru Canal, Otaru-shi General Museum, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, and get outside with Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo route maker.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

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