25 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

25 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kamikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Sapporo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:

Hakodate

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm & Onuma Park Walking Path). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and browse the exhibits of Goryokaku Tower.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate route planning site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 7th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Wakkanai

— 3 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wakkanai: Toyotomi-cho (Sarobetsu Marsh Center & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden). There's still lots to do: get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, hike along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), and make a trip to Cape Noshappu.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wakkanai driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Wakkanai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Wakkanai sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Rausu-cho

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway, and finally test the waters at Kuma no Yu. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rausu-cho trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wakkanai to Rausu-cho. In September in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Teshikaga-cho

— 3 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Abashiri Prison Museum, &more). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, head outdoors with Kawayu Park Ranch, and take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Kamikawa-cho

— 1 night
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
On the 17th (Fri), trek along Susoaidaira, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, then admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, and finally admire the engineering at Taisetu Dam.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kamikawa-cho day trip app.

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. September in Kamikawa-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Asahikawa

— 3 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 18th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): experience rural life at Kanno Firm, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, make a trip to Roller Coaster Road, cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then see the interesting displays at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station.

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Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kamikawa-cho in September, plan for slightly colder days in Asahikawa, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

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.