43 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

43 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido tour itinerary planner
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Hakodate
— 6 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 9 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 7 nights
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Hakodate — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen) and Onuma Lake. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mount Hakodate and Hakodate Hachiman Shrine. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Onuma Quasi-National Park). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Motomachi, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate day trip planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect Hakodate to be colder, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:

Noboribetsu — 5 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Toya and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oyunuma and Silo Viewing Platform. Explore Noboribetsu's surroundings by going to Cape Chikyu (in Muroran), Ukimido Park (in Toyako-cho) and Sobetsu-cho (Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo & Showashinzan). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuzawa Shrine, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shakotan-cho.
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Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Shakotan-cho — 4 nights

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kids will enjoy Cape Kamui and Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shakotan Peninsula and Cape Shakotan. Get out of town with these interesting Shakotan-cho side-trips: Yoichi-cho (Shakotan Peninsula Blue Line (National Road Route 229), Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, &more) and Refresh Plaza 998 (in Kamoenai-mura). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ogon Misaki.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Shakotan-cho takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in November: highs in Shakotan-cho hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sapporo.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Sapporo — 9 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otaru Aquarium and The Hokkaido University Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Royce' Chocolate World and Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Hokkaido Ramen Dojo (in Chitose) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), stroll around Odori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planning site.

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Shari-cho.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 13:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Notsuke Peninsula and Road to Heaven. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shiretoko National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Shibetsu-cho (Shibetsu Salmon Park & Kawakita Onsen). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Shari-cho road trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Shari-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for little chillier nights in Shari-cho, with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:

Teshikaga-cho — 5 nights

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kaminoko Pond and Sakura Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaiyodai Observatory and Mt. Io. Venture out of the city with trips to Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge), Karamatsu no Yu (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary (in Tsurui-mura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, indulge in some personalized pampering at Kawayu Onsen Kawayu Kosyu Yokujyo, let little ones run wild at Aurora Farm Village, and enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

Plan my day in Teshikaga-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asahikawashi Museum and Glass Forest in FURANO. Attractions like Asahiyama Zoo and Ueno Farm make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Shirahige Falls, &more) and Ningle Terrace (in Furano). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine, hike along Sounkyo Gorge, and fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Asahikawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Teshikaga-cho in December, expect nights in Asahikawa to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are little chillier, around -2°C. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to home.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:

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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