20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + train:  17​h 15​min
1
Otaru
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
4
Hakodate
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

3
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Escape the urban bustle at Shimamu Beach and Shinsennuma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shakotan Peninsula and Mount Kenashi View Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Otaru: Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho), Mt. Yotei (in Shikotsu-Toya National Park) and Kutchan-cho (Kutchan Natural History Museum, White Isle Niseko, & more). There's more to do: stroll around Fukidashi Park and head outdoors with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Otaru trip itinerary builder .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Otaru is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, Otaru is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Shakotan-cho, Shinsennuma, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Mt. Yotei
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Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower and Ueno Farm. Visiting Daisetsuzan and Shikaribetsu Lake will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Biei-cho side-trips: Kamifurano-cho (Farm Tomita Lavender East & Roller Coaster Road), Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho) and Shinkyu-ji Temple (in Asahikawa). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Choei Lavender Farm, take a peaceful walk through Biruke no Mori, cruise along Shirakaba Road, and stop by Campana Rokkatei.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho tour planner.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Biei-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamifurano-cho, Furano, Asahikawa, Asahi-dake, Choei Lavender Farm
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Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Shikaribetsu Lake ©
Shikaribetsu Lake

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Peninsula. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sakura Falls and Shiretoko Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Lake Kussharo (in Teshikaga-cho), Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, cruise along Road to Heaven, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and head outdoors with Shiretoko Pass.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Biei-cho to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Biei-cho in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shari-cho: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Kiyosato-cho, Notsuke Peninsula, Lake Kussharo, Shiretoko Highway
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trappist Monasteries and Onuma Lake. Kyu Soma-tei and Hakodate Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Onuma Park Walking Path). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, let the kids burn off some steam at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Motomachi Catholic Church.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Shari-cho to Hakodate in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Motomachi Catholic Church ©
Motomachi Catholic Church
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

5
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oyunuma and Toyako Volcano Science Museum. Get outdoors at Showashinzan and Itanki Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho), Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village (in Shiraoi-cho) and Imakane-cho (National Historic Site Pirika & Pirika Old Stone Bunkakan). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onibokora, take in the views from Hakucho Bridge, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu online travel route builder .

You can take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muroran, Toyako-cho, Setana-gun, Oshamanbe-cho, Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village
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Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Showashinzan
Showashinzan
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village ©
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

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