30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Rausu-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Asahikawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Hakodate
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
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 Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Sobetsu-cho (Sobetsu Park & Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden), Shiraginu no Toko (in Date) and Muroran (Cape Chikyu & Muroran Hachimangu Shrine). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Toya, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip itinerary maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Noboribetsu is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Noboribetsu is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in November, things will get a bit cooler in Noboribetsu: highs are around 47°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Muroran, Sobetsu-cho, Shiraginu no Toko, Lake Toya
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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

4
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Peninsula. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rausu-cho: Notsuke Peninsula (in Betsukai-cho) and Shari-cho (Pereke River Shore Park, Shiretoko Misaki, & more).

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rausu-cho sightseeing tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Noboribetsu to Rausu-cho. In November, daytime highs in Rausu-cho are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Hokkaido, Notsuke Peninsula
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kaminoko Pond and Lake Kussharo. Explore Teshikaga-cho's surroundings by going to Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Kaiyodai Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Onneto, explore by horseback at Kawayu Park Ranch, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Notoro.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho road trip app .

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiyosato-cho, Lake Onneto, Koshimizu Pass, Cape Notoro, Bihorotoge Lookout
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Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout

4
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 hidden gems such as Asahi-dake and Furano Ski Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Biei-cho (Blue Pond & Patchwork no Michi), Sounkyo Gorge (in Kamikawa-cho) and Roller Coaster Road (in Kamifurano-cho). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, and take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa journey planner .

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Teshikaga-cho in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Asahikawa: temperatures range from 36°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Roller Coaster Road, Asahi-dake, Furano Ski Resort, Sounkyo Gorge
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort

3
nights
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Kamui and Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shakotan-cho: Yoichi-cho (Asadaen Farm, Candle Rock, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, and don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Shakotan-cho takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Shakotan-cho, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yoichi-cho
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Motomachi and Onuma Quasi-National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakodate: Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake & Onuma Park Walking Path). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Church Hakodate, and don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate tour planning app .

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in November, you will find days in Hakodate are a bit warmer (48°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Hokuto
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and Niseko Hanazono Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Asakusa Bridge). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Niseko Hanazono Resort
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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