47 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

47 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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47 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Denpasar, Bali
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Kushiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kamikawa-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Asahikawa
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
7
Furano
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Hakodate
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Denpasar, Bali

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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: Otaru (Otaru Canal & JR Otaru Station) and Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo road trip planning app .

Denpasar, Indonesia to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Denpasar to Sapporo is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Denpasar in December, with highs in Sapporo at 0°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otaru, Lake Shikotsu
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

5
nights
Kushiro

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), Hamanaka-cho (North Pacific Ocean Seaside Line & Kiritappu Cape) and Akkeshi-cho (Akke Mikaku Terminal Conchiglie & Akkeshi Boyodai). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Akan International Crane Centre, take in the views from Nusamai Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Akachochin Yokocho.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kushiro trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sapporo to Kushiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kushiro when traveling from Sapporo in December, with lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Akkeshi-cho, Hamanaka-cho, Shibecha-cho, Hosooka Observation
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Meakan-dake ©
Meakan-dake
Hosooka Observation ©
Hosooka Observation

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Yoroushi Onsen (in Nakashibetsu-cho), Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho) and Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Akan-Mashu National Park, get great views at Tawadaira, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, and let the kids burn off some steam at Aurora Farm Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip maker tool .

Getting from Kushiro to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Shibecha-cho, Akan-Mashu National Park, Yoroushi Onsen, Bihorotoge Lookout, Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond

5
nights
Shari-cho

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Rausu-cho (Shiretoko Highway & Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck), Abashiri (Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, Abashiri Prison Museum, & more) and Uchu Observation Tower (in Kiyosato-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho travel route planner.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Hokkaido, Rausu-cho, Old Shibetsu Line, Nemuro Shibestu Station Turntable, Notsuke Peninsula
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

3
nights
Kamikawa-cho

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamikawa-cho side-trips: Engarucho Buried Cultural Property Center (in Engaru-cho), Teshiodake (in Shibetsu) and Shikanoyu (in Shikaoi-cho). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, trek along Sounkyo Gorge, and take in the natural beauty of Nakadake Onsen.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kamikawa-cho trip builder site .

You can drive from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kamikawa-cho are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kurodake, Shikanoyu, Mikuni Pass, Nakadake Onsen, Engarucho Buried Cultural Property Center
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Kurodake ©
Kurodake
Sounkyo Gorge ©
Sounkyo Gorge

5
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asahikawa: Moeru Tenpoku Ororon Route (in Rumoi), Biei-cho (Patchwork no Michi & Shiki no To) and Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, fly down the slopes at Inosawa Ski Resort, head outdoors with Pippu Ski Area, and take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planner .

Drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Asahikawa, with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Uryunuma Moor, Asahi-dake, Moeru Tenpoku Ororon Route, Arte Piazza Bibai
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

4
nights
Furano

Furano ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Furano: Naitai Kogen Farm (in Kamishihoro-cho), Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Shirogane Blue Pond, & more) and Kamifurano-cho (Onsen Resorts & Mt. Furano). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, get outside with Mt.Tokachi, and hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Furano trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Asahikawa to Furano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Asahikawa in January, with lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Mt.Tokachi, Farm Tomita, Mt Hakuun
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

4
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden (in Sobetsu-cho), Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, engage your brain at Tomakomai City Science Center, don't miss a visit to Sendaihan Shiraoi Motojinya Museum, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Furano to Noboribetsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Furano in January, expect Noboribetsu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 0°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tomakomai, Lake Toya, Cape Chikyu, Silo Viewing Platform, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

5
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, and get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho journey planner .

Drive from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Noboribetsu in January, plan for little chillier days in Kutchan-cho, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Mt. Yotei, Cape Kamui, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Mt. Yotei Spring Water
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

6
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Hakodate Nanae Snow Park & Onuma Quasi-National Park) and Houkiji Temple (in Hokuto). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary planning tool .

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 daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hokuto, Nanae-cho
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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