60 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

60 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido sightseeing planner

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Noboribetsu
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Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Wakkanai
— 6 nights
Fly
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Abashiri
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kushiro
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 9 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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Noboribetsu

— 4 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Muroran (Tokkarisho Lookout, Cape Chikyu, &more), Sobetsu-cho (Usuzan Ropeway, Sobetsu Park, &more) and Toyako-cho (100th Anniversary Toyako Onsen Monument, Toyako Volcano Science Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and get impressive views of Mt. Usu.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu online tour planner.

Bhubaneswar, India to Noboribetsu is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Bhubaneswar to Noboribetsu due to the time zone difference. In May, Noboribetsu is much colder than Bhubaneswar - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Shakotan-cho (Shakotan Peninsula, Numasaki Landslide, &more), Yoichi-cho (Kakizaki Shoten, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, &more) and Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water, admire the local landmark of Yoteino Wakimizu, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kutchan-cho, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsuzan, Akadake Ginsendai, &more), Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls, Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, &more) and Higashikawa-cho (Susoaidaira, Asahi-dake, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, and see the interesting displays at Kitami Takinoue Station Kinenkan.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa attractions planning app.

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Asahikawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 6 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.
Explore Wakkanai's surroundings by going to Sarufutsu-mura (Lake Poro, Kamuito Swamp, &more), Veneer Nature Flower Garden (in Hamatonbetsu-cho) and Toyotomi-cho (Miyanodai Observation Tower & Sarobetsu Marsh Center). There's much more to do: make a trip to Soya Misaki, get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, take a memorable drive along Ororon Line, and take in panoramic vistas at Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House).

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Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Wakkanai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Wakkanai when traveling from Asahikawa in June, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Abashiri.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Abashiri

— 4 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Abashiri side-trips: Lake Saroma (in Saroma-cho), Yubetsu-cho (Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park & Tonden History Museum) and Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (in Ozora-cho). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Notoro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abashiri Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Abashiri travel route planner.

Fly from Wakkanai to Abashiri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Abashiri can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Kiyosato-cho (Uchu Observation Tower & Ippon no Michi) and Rausu-cho (Shiretoko Highway & Rausu Seaport). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula.

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You can drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 5 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Teshikaga-cho: Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho), Nakashibetsu-cho (Hokkaido Yumeno-mori Park, Kaiyodai Observatory, &more) and Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Aurora Farm Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, get a taste of life in the country at Watanabe Experience Farm, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Akan-Mashu National Park.

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You can drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Teshikaga-cho sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kushiro.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Kushiro

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kushiro: Hosooka Observation (in Kushiro-cho), Hamanaka-cho (Biwase Observatory, Azechi no Misaki, &more) and Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, take in the views from Nusamai Bridge, have fun and explore at Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan, and take in panoramic vistas at Manabotto Nusamai Observation Deck.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kushiro tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Kushiro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 9 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: Nopporo Tondenheioku (in Ebetsu) and Otaru (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Otaru Canal, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, and stroll through Mt. Moiwa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip planner.

Getting from Kushiro to Sapporo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kushiro in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yokozuna Chiyonoyama Chiyonofuji Kinenkan (in Fukushima-cho), Matsumae-cho (Matsumae Park & Matsumae Castle) and Houkiji Temple (in Hokuto). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakodate travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.