56 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

56 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
1
Sapporo
— 7 nights
Drive
2
Yoichi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Hakodate
— 8 nights
Drive
4
Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
7
Abashiri
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Wakkanai
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Asahikawa
— 7 nights
Drive
10
Furano
— 5 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Hamanasunooka Park (in Ishikari), Leksand Memorial Park (in Tobetsu-cho) and Otaru (Otaru City General Museum Ungakan, Otaru Canal, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and take a stroll through Susukino.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sapporo online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sapporo. In May, daytime highs in Sapporo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yoichi-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Yoichi-cho side-trips: Shakotan-cho (Shimamu Beach, Cape Kamui, &more).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yoichi-cho online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Yoichi-cho in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yoichi-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Yoichi-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout (in Hokuto), Matsumae-cho (Matsumae Family Graves, Matsumae Park, &more) and Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm, Onuma Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yoichi-cho to Hakodate in 4 hours. June in Hakodate sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 5 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Zenkoji Temple (in Date), Muroran (Shukuzu Park & Cape Chikyu) and Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Sobetsu Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll around Ukimido Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu road trip planner.

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 5 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shibecha-cho (Tawadaira & Aurora Farm Village), Nakashibetsu-cho (Karamatsu no Yu, Kaiyodai Observatory, &more) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, indulge in some personalized pampering at Kawayu Onsen Kawayu Kosyu Yokujyo, get a taste of life in the country at Watanabe Experience Farm, and stroll around Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho day trip planning app.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Teshikaga-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 6 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.
Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Kiyosato-cho (Uchu Observation Tower, Ippon no Michi, &more), Betsukai-cho (Narawara, Notsuke Peninsula, &more) and Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, walk around Izuminomori Raiun Park, and explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho planner.

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Abashiri

— 4 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Explore Abashiri's surroundings by going to Engaru-cho (Engaru Shrine, Engaru sun hills park, &more), Yubetsu-cho (Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park & Tonden History Museum) and Ozora-cho (Higashimokoto Nyurakukan, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, cruise along Kando no Michi, get engrossed in the history at Moyoro Kaizuka-kan, and see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Abashiri holiday planner.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Abashiri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Abashiri are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wakkanai: Toyotomi-cho (Miyanodai Observation Tower & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden) and Sarufutsu-mura (Lake Poro, Kamuito Swamp, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Soya Misaki, cruise along Yuhigaoka Parking Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), and head outdoors with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wakkanai holiday website.

Fly from Abashiri to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Abashiri, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wakkanai, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 7 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Teshiodake (in Shibetsu), Takinoue-cho (Kitami Takinoue Station Kinenkan & Shibazakura Takinoue Park) and Kamikawa-cho (Akadake Ginsendai & Daisetsuzan). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, sample the tasty concoctions at Kunimare Brewery, take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, and stop by Asahidake Ropeway.

Find out how to plan Asahikawa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Wakkanai in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Asahikawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Furano

— 5 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.
Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Kamifurano-cho (Onsen Resorts, Goto Sumio Art Museum, &more), Shikaoi-cho (Ogigahara Observatory, Mt Hakuun, &more) and Biei-cho (Christmas Tree no Ki, Shirahige Falls, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Ningle Terrace, visit Glass Forest in FURANO, admire all the interesting features of Roller Coaster Road, and admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Furano tour site.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Furano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Asahikawa in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Furano: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hokkaido travel guide

4
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.