28 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

28 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Biei-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Asahi-dake. Explore Biei-cho's surroundings by going to Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan), Kamifurano-cho (Onsen Resorts, Hinode Park, &more) and Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway & Sugatami no Ike Lake). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, stroll around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, explore the activities along Shirogane Blue Pond, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Biei-cho trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Biei-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Biei-cho, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Biei-cho are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Teshikaga-cho

— 4 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaminoko Pond and Kaiyodai Observatory. Explore Teshikaga-cho's surroundings by going to Shigechan Land (in Tsubetsu-cho), Ashoro-cho (Lake Onneto & Nonaka Onsen Honkan) and Yoroushi Onsen (in Nakashibetsu-cho). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, and trek along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Highway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rausu-cho: Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center & Notsuke Peninsula). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, enjoy breathtaking views from Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kuma no Yu.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rausu-cho trip planning app.

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko Misaki and Shiretoko Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Shibetsu-cho (Shibetsu Salmon Park & Kawakita Onsen) and Milk Road (in Nakashibetsu-cho). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhidai, and get outside with Road to Heaven.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Toya and Oyunuma. Venture out of the city with trips to Hokkaido Chitose Ham (in Chitose), Otaru (Sumiyoshi Shrine, Tomioka Catholic Church, &more) and Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Jigokudani, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Sapporo are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Shakotan-cho

— 3 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Kamui and Cape Shakotan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shakotan-cho: Yoichi-cho (Yoichi Smoked Foods Shop NAMPO, Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, &more) and Cape Kabuto (in Tomari-mura). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ogon Misaki.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho day trip planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In October in Shakotan-cho, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Hakodate

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Hokkaido Country Club Onuma Course, Shirotai Farm, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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.