23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Haboro-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kushiro
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
8
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & JR Otaru Station). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sapporo visit site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Sapporo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. October in Sapporo sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

3
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake, Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, & more), Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka & Blue Pond) and Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Asahikawa is a bit cooler than Sapporo - with highs of 10°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Haboro-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Biei-cho, Daisetsuzan, Kurodake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

1
night
Haboro-cho

Haboro-cho
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): go for a walk through Yagishiri Menyo Bokujo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Onko no Sho, and then make a trip to Akaiwa Observatory.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Haboro-cho trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Asahikawa to Haboro-cho by car takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Haboro-cho

Wildlife Parks
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3
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rausu-cho: Betsukai-cho (Narawara & Notsuke Peninsula Natural Flower Garden) and Shari-cho (Pereke River Shore Park, Shiretoko Beach, & more).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Haboro-cho to Rausu-cho takes 7.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Haboro-cho in October: highs in Rausu-cho hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Betsukai-cho, Hokkaido
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park

3
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Nakashibetsu-cho (Kitanemuro Ranch Way, Hokkaido Yumeno-mori Park, & more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Akan-Mashu National Park, stroll through Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and get a taste of life in the country at Watanabe Experience Farm.

Discover how to plan a Teshikaga-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakashibetsu-cho, Kaminoko Pond, Akan-Mashu National Park
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Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

3
nights
Kushiro

Kushiro ©
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 Kushiro's surroundings by going to Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura), Shibecha-cho (Kottaro Swamp Observatory & Sarurun Observation Deck) and Hosooka Observation (in Kushiro-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakutosan Observatory, look for all kinds of wild species at Onnenai Boardwalk, and contemplate the geological forces at Meakan-dake.

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Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Kushiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Kushiro sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shibecha-cho, Tsurui-mura, Hosooka Observation, Meakan-dake
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Meakan-dake ©
Meakan-dake
Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Tsurui Dosanko Farm ©
Tsurui Dosanko Farm

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakajima Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kushiro to Noboribetsu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nakajima Shrine, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Lake Toya
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, 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 2nd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, then ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakodate road trip planner .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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