34 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

34 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Chitose
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Chitose
— 1 night
Train
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Matsumae-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toyako-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Train
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Otaru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rebun-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Furano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kushiro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chitose
— 1 night
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Chitose

— 1 night
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
On the 6th (Thu), examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chitose trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Chitose is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Chitose to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Chitose

Museums
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kyu Soma-tei and Hakodate Hachiman Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Hokkaido Konbukan, Onuma Lake, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and wander the streets of Motomachi.

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You can take a train from Chitose to Hakodate in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chitose in May since evenings lows in Hakodate dip to 50°F. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Matsumae-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

Matsumae-cho

— 2 nights
Matsumae-cho is a town located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodoji. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Esashi Oiwake Kaikan / Esashi Dashi Kaikan, then take an in-depth tour of Kaiyomaru, and then don't miss a visit to Inishie Way.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsumae-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Matsumae-cho takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Matsumae-cho are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Matsumae-cho

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Toyako-cho

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Toya and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. When in Toyako-cho, make a side trip to see Zenkoji Temple in Date, approximately Date away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Toyako-cho route builder.

Getting from Matsumae-cho to Toyako-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May in Toyako-cho, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Nakajima Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Muroran (Muroran Hachimangu Shrine, Tokkarisho Lookout, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and take in the views from Shinnoboribetsu Ohashi Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Noboribetsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Otaru

— 3 nights

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Otaru City Office, take in panoramic vistas at Mount Kenashi View Point, and then see the interesting displays at The Glass Studio in Otaru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then pause for some photo ops at Takuboku Ishikawa's Tanka Inscriptions, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Otaru vacation planner.

Take a train from Noboribetsu to Otaru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Otaru, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll around Esandomarigyoko Park, don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, then take in panoramic vistas at Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), then admire all the interesting features of Yuhigaoka Parking Area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakanoshita Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cape Soya Wind Farm, enjoy the sea views from Soyamisaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and finally make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

Discover how to plan a Wakkanai trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Otaru to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Otaru in May since evenings lows in Wakkanai dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Rebun-cho

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Takayama Botanical Garden, explore the activities along Kushu Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Sky cape. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Sukoton Cape, look for gifts at Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten, don't miss a visit to Todojima Obsevatory, take some stellar pictures from Kanedano Misaki Cape, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minai Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jizoiwa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rebun-cho online itinerary builder.

Drive from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Rebun-cho can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Asahikawa

— 2 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): walk around Arashiyama Park, walk around Hoppo Yasoen, and then make a trip to Asahikawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, then experience rural life at Ueno Farm, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally walk around Nisshin no Mori.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rebun-cho to Asahikawa takes 7 hours. Traveling from Rebun-cho in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Asahikawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Furano

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower and Biei Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Furano: Kamifurano-cho (Goto Sumio Art Museum & Onsen Resorts) and Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls & Shirogane Blue Pond). Next up on the itinerary: visit Glass Forest in FURANO, walk around Torinuma Park, see the interesting displays at Furabi, and admire the natural beauty at Garden of Wind.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Furano trip site.

Getting from Asahikawa to Furano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Asahikawa in May, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hosooka Observation and Nusamai Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kushiro: Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura) and Aurora Farm Village (in Shibecha-cho). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Kushiro City Tanchozuru Nature Park, contemplate the long history of Iwabokki Suimon, pause for some photo ops at Fuyu Statue, and enjoy breathtaking views from Manabotto Nusamai Observation Deck.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kushiro trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Furano to Kushiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Furano in May, expect Kushiro to be little chillier, temps between 56°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Sapporo

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and Asahiyama Kinen Koen. The adventure continues: walk around Maruyama Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, and see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sapporo tour builder.

Drive from Kushiro to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kushiro in June, Sapporo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

Chitose

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chitose Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chitose attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Chitose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sapporo in June since evenings lows in Chitose dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chitose

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:

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.