23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido holiday planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Higashikawa-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shinsennuma and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sapporo Clock Tower and Hokkaido Jingu. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Kagaminuma (in Kutchan-cho), Niseko Outdoor Center (in Niseko-cho) and Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get much colder in Sapporo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Rausu-cho

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko National Park and Mt. Rausu. Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Peninsula and Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center. Explore Rausu-cho's surroundings by going to Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Peninsula & Narawara). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kuma no Yu, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get outside with Shiretoko Pass.

Make your Rausu-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Rausu-cho. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Shari-cho

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Shiretoko Misaki and Shiretoko Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho), Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Kawayu Park Ranch, &more) and Kiyosato-cho (Ippon no Michi, Sakura Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site, and get outside with Road to Heaven.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho day trip planning website.

Drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Higashikawa-cho

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asahi-dake and Daisetsuzan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Takushinkan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Higashikawa-cho: Biei-cho (Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, Patchwork no Michi, &more), Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho) and Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp, Akadake Ginsendai, &more).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Higashikawa-cho day trip tool.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Higashikawa-cho in 6 hours. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Higashikawa-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get great views at Cape Kamui Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, then don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Higashikawa-cho to Shakotan-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Higashikawa-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shakotan-cho, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Hakodate

— 6 nights

City of Lights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Motomachi and Onuma Park Walking Path. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Onuma Lake) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, get to know the fascinating history of Daimon Yokocho, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

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.