43 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

43 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner
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Hakodate
— 8 nights
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Toyako-cho
— 9 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 7 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 8 nights
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Hakodate — 8 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.
Kids will enjoy Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen) and Mt. Hakodate Observatory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Onuma Lake and Onuma Park Walking Path. Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Onuma Quasi-National Park (in Nanae-cho), Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Cape Saraki (in Kikonai-cho). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, take an in-depth tour of Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, Hakodate is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Toyako-cho.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Find places to stay Nov 19 — 27:

Toyako-cho — 9 nights

Bring the kids along to Lake Toya and Silo Viewing Platform. Step off the beaten path and head to Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. Get out of town with these interesting Toyako-cho side-trips: Muroran (Cape Chikyu & Hakucho Bridge), Niseko-cho (Kanrosui & Niseko Village Ski Resort) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Bear Park, Oyunuma, &more).

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Drive from Hakodate to Toyako-cho in 2.5 hours. November in Toyako-cho sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shakotan-cho.
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Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 6:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Kamui and Cape Kamui Lighthouse. Bring the kids along to Shakotan Peninsula and Shimamu Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sai no Kawara (in Kamoenai-mura) and Yoichi-cho (Shakotan Peninsula Blue Line (National Road Route 229) & Koda Rohan Kuhi). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cape Shakotan, explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, soak in some Japanese tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ogon Misaki.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho tour builder.

Getting from Toyako-cho to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Toyako-cho in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shakotan-cho: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Royce' Chocolate World and The Hokkaido University Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Asahikawashi Museum and Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Tokiwa Park (in Asahikawa), Shofukuji Temple (in Kitahiroshima) and Otaru (Otaru-shi General Museum, Otaru Aquarium, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teine, stroll around Maruyama Park, and see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga.

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Drive from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sapporo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Shari-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 16:

Shari-cho — 7 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Road to Heaven and Shiretoko Beach. Bring the kids along to Notsuke Peninsula and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Shibetsu Salmon Park (in Shibetsu-cho) and Rausu-cho (Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck & Shiretoko Highway). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and take in the views from Dai Ichi Ikushinagawa Bridge.

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Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Shari-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Shari-cho, with lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

Teshikaga-cho — 8 nights

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kids will enjoy Kaminoko Pond and Sakura Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Io and Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho), Abashiri (Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples & Cape Notoro) and Nakashibetsu-cho (Uramashu Shelter (Snow Shelter), Yoroushi Onsen, &more). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, take in the pleasant sights at Aoba Tunnel, explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, and don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Teshikaga-cho tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 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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