30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Kamikawa-cho
— 4 nights
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Asahikawa
— 4 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Hakodate

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Onuma Lake). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, try your luck at Hakodate Bicycle Race Track, stop by Motomachi, and ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary website.

Sydney, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hakodate. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Hakodate. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

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Noboribetsu

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore Noboribetsu's surroundings by going to Cape Chikyu (in Muroran) and Sobetsu-cho (Hamadaen, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

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Rausu-cho

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 9th (Thu), cruise along Shiretoko Highway, make a trip to Shiretoko Pass, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rausu-cho driving holiday planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Noboribetsu to Rausu-cho. September in Rausu-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

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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.
Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, Lake Mashu, &more) and Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond, Sakura Falls, &more). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho online tour planner.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. 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 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

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Kamikawa-cho

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shikaoi-cho (Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Temujin no Yu, Mt Hakuun, &more), Naitai Kogen Farm (in Kamishihoro-cho) and Sugatami no Ike Lake (in Higashikawa-cho). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, enjoy breathtaking views from Tengudaira Observation Deck, take in the natural beauty of Nakadake Onsen, and get outside with Mt. Tomuraushi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kamikawa-cho online vacation planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kamikawa-cho can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Asahidake Natural Hiking Route (in Higashikawa-cho), Kamifurano-cho (Kanno Firm, Roller Coaster Road, &more) and Biei-cho (Biei Farm, Shikisai no Oka, &more). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, see the interesting displays at Ikigai Bunka Center, stroll around Arashiyama Park, and relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kamikawa-cho in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Asahikawa: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

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Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, experience rural life at Asadaen Farm, then take an in-depth tour of Yoichi Fisheries Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, then make a trip to Cape Shakotan, then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shakotan-cho online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Shakotan-cho in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

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Sapporo

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: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Wakura, Otaru Canal, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online trip maker.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

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.