32 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

32 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido travel route planner

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Furano
— 4 nights
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Biei-cho
— 4 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Abashiri
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
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Kushiro
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 6 nights
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Hakodate
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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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (The Site of Temiya Line, Otaru Canal, &more) and Yoichi-cho (Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, Asadaen Farm, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Sapporo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. July in Sapporo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

Furano

— 4 nights
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hinode Park (in Kamifurano-cho), Asahikawa (Ueno Farm, Asahiyama Zoo, &more) and Ohashi Cherry Farm (in Ashibetsu). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, stop by Campana Rokkatei, and make a trip to Ningle Terrace.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Furano online trip builder.

Drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Furano sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Biei-cho

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kamifurano-cho (Kanno Firm & Flower Land Kamifurano), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake, Asahidake Ropeway, &more) and Kamikawa-cho (Akadake Ginsendai & Daisetsuzan). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake, and take in the pleasant sights at Shikisai no Oka.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Biei-cho trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Furano to Biei-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Biei-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Wakkanai

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at 100th Year Memorial Tower, stroll around Wakkanai Park, don't miss a visit to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, then meet the residents at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, and finally walk around Esandomarigyoko Park. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Cape Soya Wind Farm, get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, then don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and finally appreciate the history behind Nihon Saihokutan no Chi Monument.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai day trip planning app.

Drive from Biei-cho to Wakkanai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Biei-cho in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wakkanai: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Abashiri

— 3 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Abashiri: Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho), Kiyosato-cho (Sakura Falls & Kaminoko Pond) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Kussharo, Mt. Io, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abashiri, take in nature's colorful creations at Flower Garden Hana Tento, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Notoro.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Abashiri trip planning site.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Abashiri in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. August in Abashiri sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Shari-cho

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho road trip website.

Drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Kushiro

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kottaro Swamp Observatory (in Shibecha-cho), Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura) and Hosooka Observation (in Kushiro-cho). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Kushiroshitsugen National Park. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Nusamai Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Kushiro Marsh Observatory, meet the residents at Kushiro City Zoo, and look for gifts at Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kushiro trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Kushiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kushiro can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Noboribetsu

— 6 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Muroran (Tokkarisho Lookout, Cape Chikyu, &more), Toyako-cho (Toyako Volcano Science Museum, Silo Viewing Platform, &more) and Sobetsu-cho (Fujimori Orchards, Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, snap pictures at Hakucho Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, and take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kushiro to Noboribetsu in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. August in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:

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.
For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 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.