11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido itinerary planner
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Fly
1
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Shari-cho — 2 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Notsuke Peninsula and Road to Heaven. Venture out of the city with trips to Shibetsu-cho (Pogawa Historical Grassland, Shibetsu Salmon Park, &more) and Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Shiretoko Pass, steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site, and take in the natural beauty of Takimi no Yu.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho road trip planning app.

Tokyo to Shari-cho is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for cooler days in Shari-cho, with highs around 9°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Sapporo.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Sapporo — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then see the interesting displays at Royce' Chocolate World, and finally make a trip to Hokkaido Ramen Dojo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, walk around Maruyama Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Otaru Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station.

Plan my day in Sapporo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.
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Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Noboribetsu — 1 night

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, steep yourself in history at Natazukuri Kannon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then make a trip to Enmado, and finally make a trip to Cape Chikyu.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Noboribetsu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shakotan-cho.
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Shakotan-cho — 1 night

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Kamui, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument of Chiharu Matsuyama's Roman.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shakotan-cho holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Shakotan-cho takes 3 hours. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shakotan-cho, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.
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Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Kutchan-cho — 2 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, then get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, and finally hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then stroll around Fukidashi Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kutchan-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakodate.
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Hakodate — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, wander the streets of Motomachi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Hachiman Shrine. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Komagatake Shrine, explore the activities along Onuma Lake, then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, then walk around Onuma Quasi-National Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Hakodate are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Neighborhoods
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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.
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