17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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17 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Hervey Bay
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Hervey Bay

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then take a stroll through Motomachi, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hiuramisaki Columnar Joint, get to know the fascinating history of Shinoridate Remains, then explore the activities along Onuma Lake, then stroll around Onuma Quasi-National Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate sightseeing planner .

Hervey Bay, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Hervey Bay to Hakodate, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Hervey Bay, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakodate, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 14th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gimbyobu Observation Spot.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gimbyobu Observation Spot
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Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the activities along Otaru Canal, walk around Odori Park, then contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), then get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hokkaido University Former Sapporo Agricultural School and Library. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally stroll through Mt. Okura Observatory.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip builder app .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Sapporo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
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 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho trip planner .

Getting from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asahi-dake and Onsen Resorts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biei-cho: Asahiyama Zoo (in Asahikawa), Asahidake Natural Hiking Route (in Higashikawa-cho) and Campana Rokkatei (in Furano). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Blue Pond, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, take a memorable drive along Patchwork no Michi, and take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Biei-cho online trip maker .

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Biei-cho in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shakotan-cho in September since evenings lows in Biei-cho dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Asahiyama Zoo, Campana Rokkatei, Onsen Resorts, Farm Tomita
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Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

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night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then explore the activities along Lake Mashu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mashu Third Observatory, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Spas
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Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Thermal Spas
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory

2
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, then cruise along Shiretoko Highway, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shiokaze Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rausu-cho tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
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Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Pass
Shiretoko Pass
Shiretoko Highway ©
Shiretoko Highway

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum, then head outdoors with Road to Heaven, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In September in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Onsen Resorts
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

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