40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Kushiro
— 4 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Kamikawa-cho
— 3 nights
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Asahikawa
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Noboribetsu

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Cape Chikyu (in Muroran), Lake Toya Ranch (in Toyako-cho) and Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, walk around Sengen Park, identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Noboribetsu journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Noboribetsu. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February; daily highs in Noboribetsu reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 4:

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Niseko-cho (Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area & Niseko Village Ski Resort), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Flower Parking (in Makkari-mura). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, walk around Fukidashi Park, head outdoors with Niseko Hanazono Resort, and do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho sightseeing site.

Drive from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in March: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

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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.
Step out of Hakodate to go to Nanae-cho and see Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hakodate holiday builder site.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in March: highs in Hakodate hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

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Kushiro

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.
Explore Kushiro's surroundings by going to Hosooka Observation (in Kushiro-cho), Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary (in Tsurui-mura) and Hamanaka-cho (Kiritappu Cape & North Pacific Ocean Seaside Line). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Akan Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kushiroshitsugen National Park, get engrossed in the history at Hokuto Ancient Ruin Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meakan-dake.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kushiro trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Kushiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in March, Kushiro is a bit cooler at night with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

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Teshikaga-cho

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Sakura Falls). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, examine the collection at Kawayu Eco Museum Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu, and enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kushiro to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum & Abashiri Prison Museum). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, head outdoors with Road to Heaven, and contemplate the waterfront views at Onnebetsu River.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip planner.

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Kamikawa-cho to Higashikawa-cho to see Sugatami no Ike Lake about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, explore the stunning scenery at Sounkyo Gorge, trek along Susoaidaira, and contemplate the waterfront views at Daisetsu Kogen Swamp.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamikawa-cho trip planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kamikawa-cho when traveling from Shari-cho in March, with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

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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: Furano (Ningle Terrace & Furano Ski Resort), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Chubetsu Dam) and Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Ken & Mary Tree, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, hit the slopes at Santa Present Park, take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and get outside with Inosawa Ski Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Asahikawa, with lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip planning app.

Drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sapporo are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

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.