46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido visit planner

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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 6 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Furano
— 6 nights
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Tsurui-mura
— 3 nights
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Abashiri
— 6 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Hakodate

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Motomachi and Trappist Monasteries. Visiting Mount Hakodate and Akamatsu Highway will get you outdoors. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Onuma Park Walking Path (in Nanae-cho), Matsumae Castle (in Matsumae-cho) and Yokozuna Chiyonoyama Chiyonofuji Kinenkan (in Fukushima-cho). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, see the interesting displays at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, and get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Hakodate, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 22:

Kutchan-cho

— 6 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get some cultural insight at Iwanaicho Folk Museum and Mimatsu Masao Memorial Hall. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Yotei and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Toyako-cho (Toyako Geijutsukan, Toyako Visitor Center, &more), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, &more) and Niseko-cho (Niseko Village Ski Resort & Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area). The adventure continues: get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko, hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, explore the activities along Lake Toya, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shinsennuma.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakodate in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 29th (Wed), make a trip to Cape Shakotan, kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then steep yourself in history at Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace, then get engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Furano.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Furano

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai and Furabi capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asahikawashi Museum and Furano Ski Resort. Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake, Asahi-dake, &more), Shirogane Blue Pond (in Biei-cho) and Tsuchino Yakata (in Kamifurano-cho). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, explore the activities along Shikaribetsu Lake, witness a stunning natural landmark at Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Menoko no Yu, and take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

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Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Furano takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Shakotan-cho in April, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 6:

Tsurui-mura

— 3 nights
Visiting Yoroushi Onsen and Lake Onneto will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Kussharo and Kaminoko Pond. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirafuji no Taki Waterfall (in Ashoro-cho) and Kayanuma Station (in Shibecha-cho).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tsurui-mura vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Furano to Tsurui-mura in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Furano in May: highs in Tsurui-mura hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Abashiri

— 6 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Tonden History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Moyoro Kaizuka-kan and Kawayu Eco Museum Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Teshikaga-cho (Ponpon Trail, Mt. Io, &more), Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho) and Chacha World (in Engaru-cho). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cape Notoro, explore the activities along Lake Abashiri, look for all kinds of wild species at Koshimizu Primeval Garden Information Center HANA, and get engrossed in the history at Kitami Mint Memorial Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Abashiri route maker site.

Drive from Tsurui-mura to Abashiri in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

Rausu-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Notsuke Peninsula and Shiretoko Peninsula. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Highway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rausu-cho: Kaiyodai Observatory (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center (in Betsukai-cho). There's more to do: cruise along Shiretoko Pass and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu.

Before you visit Rausu-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Abashiri to Rausu-cho in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Shari-cho

— 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Shari and Road to Heaven. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shibetsu Salmon Park and Shiretoko Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Nakashibetsu-cho (Arakawa Hanga Museum, Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport Observation Deck, &more) and Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho vacation site.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 23:

Sapporo

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royce' Chocolate World and Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo Clock Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Otaru (Otaru Canal, Otaru-shi General Museum, &more) and Hello Kitty Happy Flight (in Chitose). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, contemplate the long history of Hokusei Memorial House, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip maker.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Sapporo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 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.