56 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

56 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido tour itinerary planner

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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Yoichi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 8 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
Fly
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Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
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Abashiri
— 4 nights
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Wakkanai
— 5 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Furano
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Leksand Memorial Park (in Tobetsu-cho), Otaru (Otaru City General Museum Ungakan, Otaru Canal, &more) and Hamanasunooka Park (in Ishikari). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and take a stroll through Susukino.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sapporo online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sapporo. In May, daytime highs in Sapporo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yoichi-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 30:

Yoichi-cho

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Yoichi-cho side-trips: Shakotan-cho (Shimamu Beach, Cape Kamui, &more).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yoichi-cho online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Yoichi-cho in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yoichi-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Yoichi-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Hakodate

— 8 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm, Onuma Lake, &more), Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout (in Hokuto) and Matsumae-cho (Matsumae Family Graves, Matsumae Park, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, wander the streets of Motomachi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yoichi-cho to Hakodate in 4 hours. June in Hakodate sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 10:

Noboribetsu

— 5 nights
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: Muroran (Shukuzu Park & Cape Chikyu), Zenkoji Temple (in Date) and Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Sobetsu Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, snap pictures at Hakucho Bridge, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:

Teshikaga-cho

— 5 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shibecha-cho (Tawadaira & Aurora Farm Village), Nakashibetsu-cho (Karamatsu no Yu, Kaiyodai Observatory, &more) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, indulge in some personalized pampering at Kawayu Onsen Kawayu Kosyu Yokujyo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mashu, and enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho day trip planning app.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Teshikaga-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 20:

Shari-cho

— 6 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.
Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Betsukai-cho (Narawara, Notsuke Peninsula, &more), Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho) and Kiyosato-cho (Uchu Observation Tower, Ippon no Michi, &more). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, cruise along Road to Heaven, head outdoors with Shiretoko Pass, and admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho holiday builder site.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 26:

Abashiri

— 4 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Explore Abashiri's surroundings by going to Yubetsu-cho (Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park & Tonden History Museum), Engaru-cho (Engaru Shrine, Engaru sun hills park, &more) and Ozora-cho (Higashimokoto Nyurakukan, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, get engrossed in the history at Moyoro Kaizuka-kan, see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, and get great views at Cape Notoro.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Abashiri trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Abashiri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. June in Abashiri sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Wakkanai

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wakkanai: Toyotomi-cho (Miyanodai Observation Tower & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden) and Sarufutsu-mura (Lake Poro, Kamuito Swamp, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Soya Misaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), head outdoors with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, and take a memorable drive along Ororon Line.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wakkanai using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Wakkanai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Abashiri in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wakkanai: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:

Asahikawa

— 7 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Teshiodake (in Shibetsu), Kamikawa-cho (Akadake Ginsendai & Daisetsuzan) and Takinoue-cho (Kitami Takinoue Station Kinenkan & Shibazakura Takinoue Park). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, cruise along Shujitsu no Oka, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kunimare Brewery, and see the interesting displays at Akabira City Coal Mine Heritage Guidance Facility.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa road trip site.

Drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Wakkanai in July, Asahikawa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 12:

Furano

— 5 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.
Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Biei-cho (Christmas Tree no Ki, Shirahige Falls, &more), Kamifurano-cho (Onsen Resorts, Goto Sumio Art Museum, &more) and Shikaoi-cho (Ogigahara Observatory, Mt Hakuun, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Ningle Terrace, visit Glass Forest in FURANO, head outdoors with Roller Coaster Road, and admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Furano tour site.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Furano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Asahikawa in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Furano: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

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.