60 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

60 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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60 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Rebun-to
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Wakkanai
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Biei-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kamikawa-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Abashiri
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Kushiro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and Shinsennuma. Venture out of the city with trips to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Otaru (Asakusa Bridge, Otaru Canal, & more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo is 17 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Fukidashi Park, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Shinsennuma
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

5
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 hidden gems such as Motomachi and Onuma Quasi-National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto), Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path, Onuma Lake, & more) and Matsumae-cho (Matsumae Park & Matsumae Castle). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, walk around Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hakodate online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Matsumae-gun, Hokuto
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Quasi-National Park ©
Onuma Quasi-National Park

5
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Toya and Toyako Volcano Science Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Indian Water Wheel Park (in Toyoura-cho), Date (Zenkoji Temple & Shiraginu no Toko) and Toyako-cho (Lake Toya Ranch, Silo Viewing Platform, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, make a trip to Cape Chikyu, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu day trip app .

You can take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sobetsu-cho, Toyako-cho, Tomakomai, Muroran, Date
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:
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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

2
nights
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Cape Shakotan, explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, then steep yourself in history at Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, then experience rural life at Asadaen Farm, and finally get engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho online travel planner .

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Shakotan-cho in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rebun-to.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yoichi-cho
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

2
nights
Rebun-to

Rebun-to ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rishiri Island and Sky cape. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rebun-to: Rishirifuji-cho (Kanro Spring Water, Peshi Misaki Observatory, & more) and Mount Rishiri (in Rishiri-cho).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rebun-to vacation app .

Explore your travel options from Shakotan-cho to Rebun-to with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Rebun-to

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Rebun-cho, Rishirifuji-cho, Rishiri-cho
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Rebun Island ©
Rebun Island
Sky cape
Sky cape
Momoiwa Observation Deck ©
Momoiwa Observation Deck

5
nights
Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms and Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome. Change things up with these side-trips from Wakkanai: Toyotomi-cho (Miyanodai Observation Tower, Sarobetsu Primeval Garden, & more), Esanuka Line (in Sarufutsu-mura) and Lake Kutcharo (in Hamatonbetsu-cho). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Ororon Line, don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, walk around Wakkanai Park, and stroll through Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course.

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

You can drive from Rebun-to to Wakkanai in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Toyotomi-cho, Esanuka Line, Otonrui Wind Power Factory, Lake Kutcharo
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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Wakkanai Park ©
Wakkanai Park
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome ©
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome

5
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asahi-dake and Patchwork no Michi. Explore Biei-cho's surroundings by going to Asahidake Natural Hiking Route (in Higashikawa-cho), Kamifurano-cho (Roller Coaster Road, Onsen Resorts, & more) and Nakafurano-cho (Choei Lavender Farm, Saika no sato, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, stop by Campana Rokkatei, and relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Biei-cho trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Wakkanai to Biei-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Wakkanai in October, Biei-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kamifurano-cho, Furano, Nakafurano-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Asahikawa
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower ©

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Taushubetsu River Bridge and Higashi Taisetsu Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Okhotsk Tokkari Center (in Monbetsu), Viva Alpaca Farm (in Kenbuchi-cho) and Shibazakura Takinoue Park (in Takinoue-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, get engrossed in the history at Engarucho Buried Cultural Property Center, explore the activities along Sugatami no Ike Lake, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kamikawa-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Biei-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 2 hours. October in Kamikawa-cho sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Abashiri.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamishihoro-cho, Shikanoyu, Shibazakura Takinoue Park, Sugatami no Ike Lake, Kurodake
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
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Sounkyo Gorge ©
Sounkyo Gorge
Taushubetsu River Bridge ©
Taushubetsu River Bridge
Mikuni Pass ©
Mikuni Pass

5
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Notoro and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Abashiri: Bihoro Midorino Village (in Bihoro-cho), Kitami (Onsen Resorts, Kitami City Public Library, & more) and Ozora-cho (Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Asahigaoka Viewing Platform, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, relax in the rural setting at Abashiri Kanko Fruit Farm, and contemplate the long history of Moyoro Kaizuka-kan.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Abashiri trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Abashiri takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitami, Ozora-cho, Engaru-cho, Bihoro Midorino Village, Michi-no-Eki Saroma Lake, Minori
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:
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Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park ©
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Misaki and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyosato-cho (Uchu Observation Tower & Ippon no Michi), Shibetsu Salmon Park (in Shibetsu-cho) and Tsubetsu Toge Out Look (in Tsubetsu-cho). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhidai, take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, and admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. November in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiyosato-cho, Tsubetsu Toge Out Look, Shibetsu Salmon Park
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

3
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Peninsula and Mt. Rausu. Venture out of the city with trips to Betsukai-cho (Narawara & Notsuke Peninsula).

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rausu-cho route tool .

Getting from Shari-cho to Rausu-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Betsukai-cho
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
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Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hosooka Observation and Onsen Resorts. Get out of town with these interesting Kushiro side-trips: Obihiro (Manabe Garden & Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track), Shibecha-cho (Sarurun Observation Deck & Kottaro Swamp Observatory) and Hamanaka-cho (North Pacific Ocean Seaside Line & Kiritappu Cape). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Meakan-dake, enjoy breathtaking views from Kushiro Marsh Observatory, and have fun and explore at Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kushiro online road trip planner .

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Kushiro in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Obihiro, Tsurui-mura, Hamanaka-cho, Shibecha-cho, Hosooka Observation
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:
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Manabe Garden ©
Manabe Garden
Hosooka Observation ©
Hosooka Observation
Kiritappu Cape ©
Kiritappu Cape

5
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaminoko Pond and Lake Onneto. Venture out of the city with trips to Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho), Nakashibetsu-cho (Kitanemuro Ranch Way, Hokkaido Yumeno-mori Park, & more) and Aurora Farm Village (in Shibecha-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, explore the world behind art at Shigechan Land, see the sky in a new way at Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory, and take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kushiro to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakashibetsu-cho, Kiyosato-cho, Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory, Bihorotoge Lookout, Aurora Farm Village
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Kaiyodai Observatory ©
Kaiyodai Observatory
Lake Onneto ©
Lake Onneto

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