12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  19 h
1
Nanae-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
3
Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-to
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Rebun-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 45 min
5
Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Higashikawa-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Nanae-cho

Nanae-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): cruise along Akamatsu Highway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries, and then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Shrine, explore the ancient world of Ruins of Matsumae Clan Hekirichi Jinya, see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Konbukan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, and finally walk around Onuma Quasi-National Park.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nanae-cho trip itinerary planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Nanae-cho is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Nanae-cho at 21°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Nanae-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hokuto
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Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Mishima Shrine ©
Mishima Shrine

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, then explore the activities along Shimamu Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kabuto, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Nanae-cho to Shakotan-cho in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Shakotan-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rishiri-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Kabuto
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Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

1
night
Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-to

Rishiri-cho ©
On the 4th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rishiri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kita no Itsukushima Bentengu, then step off the mainland to explore Rishiri Island, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Peshi Misaki Observatory.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rishiri-cho holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Shakotan-cho to Rishiri-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Rishiri-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Rishiri-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Peshi Misaki Observatory
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Rishiri Island ©
Rishiri Island
Mount Rishiri ©
Mount Rishiri

1
night
Rebun-cho

Rebun-cho ©
On the 5th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Minai Shrine, then head off the coast to Rebun Island, then don't miss a visit to Sky cape, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Rebun-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rishiri-cho to Rebun-cho in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rebun-cho can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Rebun Island ©
Rebun Island
Minai Shrine ©
Minai Shrine
Sky cape
Sky cape

2
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Get outdoors at Narawara and Shiretoko Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rausu-cho: Shibetsu Salmon Park (in Shibetsu-cho), Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall (in Shari-cho) and Notsuke Peninsula (in Betsukai-cho). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rausu-cho online trip builder .

Getting from Rebun-cho to Rausu-cho by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Betsukai-cho, Shari-cho, Hokkaido, Shibetsu Salmon Park
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Narawara ©
Narawara
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park

2
nights
Higashikawa-cho

Higashikawa-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Higashikawa-cho trip maker app .

Drive from Rausu-cho to Higashikawa-cho in 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rausu-cho in July: highs in Higashikawa-cho hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

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