24 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

24 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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24 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
2
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Abashiri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kushiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Toyako-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Vienna

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course and Ishiyama Ryokuchi. Visit Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu for their historical value. When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Ushigoya no Ice in Yuni-cho, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo vacation planner.

Vienna, Austria to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vienna to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Vienna in September since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Ushigoya no Ice
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Spas
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stop by Snoopy Chaya Otaru, then examine the collection at Syusenkan, then examine the collection at The Glass Studio in Otaru, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Otaru trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, and finally take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Design Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, and then take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Otaru to Asahikawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
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Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Asahikawa Design Center ©
Asahikawa Design Center

2
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abashiri Coast. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at Ryuhyo Glass Museum, then kick back and relax at Abashiri Coast, then examine the collection at Higashimokoto Nyurakukan, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pierson Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Moyoro Kaizuka-kan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoro Shrine, and then get lost in a book at Kitami City Public Library.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Abashiri itinerary builder app .

Getting from Asahikawa to Abashiri by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Abashiri can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kitami, Higashimokoto Nyurakukan
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Pierson Memorial Museum ©
Pierson Memorial Museum
Higashimokoto Nyurakukan ©
Higashimokoto Nyurakukan
Abashiri Coast ©
Abashiri Coast

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raiun Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Shari Kobo Shiretokoya.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Beaches Parks Nature
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Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Raiun Shrine ©
Raiun Shrine

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Coal mine Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take a stroll around Kushiro City Shogai Gakushu Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Akke Mikaku Terminal Conchiglie and then identify plant and animal life at Bekkanbeushi Wetland.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kushiro trip planning app .

Getting from Shari-cho to Kushiro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kushiro can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kushiro

Wildlife Parks Spas

Side Trip

Akkeshi-cho
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Coal mine Museum ©
Coal mine Museum
Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine ©
Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kiushito Wetland and Orofure Pass. Do some cultural sightseeing at Muroran Hachimangu Shrine and Tomakomai City Science Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Onsen Resorts (in Shiraoi-cho) and Tomakomai (Sea Station Plat Seaport Market, Michinoeki Utonaiko, & more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Wakasaimo Hompo, Noboribetsuonsen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu road trip planner .

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 September, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tomakomai, Onsen Resorts, Muroran Hachimangu Shrine
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Orofure Pass ©
Orofure Pass
Onsen Resorts
Tomakomai City Science Center ©
Tomakomai City Science Center

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Onuma Lake and Gennadai Kaihin Park. Popular historic sites such as Trappist Monasteries and St.John's Church Hakodate are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats (in Higashidori-mura) and Hokkaido Konbukan (in Nanae-cho). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, and stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Gennadai Kaihin Park, Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats, Trappist Monasteries
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Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Tsutaya Books ©
Hakodate Tsutaya Books

3
nights
Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum and Gla Gla will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toyako Visitor Center and Zenkoji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyako-cho: Niseko-cho (Onsen Resorts & Hokkaido Backcountry Club).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Toyako-cho online itinerary planner .

Getting from Hakodate to Toyako-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Outdoors Museums Trails

Side Trips

Hokkaido Backcountry Club, Zenkoji Temple
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Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple
Lake Toya Ranch ©
Lake Toya Ranch

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