9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Higashikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Fly

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Shakotan-cho

— 1 night
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 5th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Kamui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan, explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, and then make a trip to Cape Shakotan.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Shakotan-cho trip planner.

Tokyo to Shakotan-cho is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Shakotan-cho hover around 27°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Higashikawa-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake, and then visit Asahidake Ropeway.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Higashikawa-cho sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shakotan-cho to Higashikawa-cho. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in August, Higashikawa-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Rausu-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Shiretoko Pass, then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rausu-cho trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Higashikawa-cho to Rausu-cho. While traveling from Higashikawa-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rausu-cho, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Shari-cho

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Misaki and then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Road to Heaven.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Teshikaga-cho

— 2 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, then take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, and then explore the activities along Lake Kussharo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Sakura Falls and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Midori no Yu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths

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.