14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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14 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16​h
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Furano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Higashikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and then fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Sapporo is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Sapporo hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space ©

1
night
Furano

Furano ©
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.
On the 16th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Furano Wine Factory, savor the flavors at Furano Budogaoka Park, look for gifts at Campana Rokkatei, then make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and finally examine the collection at Furabi.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Furano online itinerary planner .

Drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Furano when traveling from Sapporo in October, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Furano

Wineries Shopping Museums
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Furano Wine Factory ©
Furano Wine Factory
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

1
night
Higashikawa-cho

Higashikawa-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Yukomanbetsu Swamp, then take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Chubetsu Dam.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Higashikawa-cho sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Furano to Higashikawa-cho. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Chubetsu Dam ©
Chubetsu Dam

3
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Narawara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shibetsu Salmon Park and Utoro Onsen. Explore Rausu-cho's surroundings by going to Shari-cho (Furepe Waterfall, Shiretoko Beach, & more).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Higashikawa-cho to Rausu-cho. Traveling from Higashikawa-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rausu-cho, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Narawara, Shibetsu Salmon Park
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Narawara ©
Narawara

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu, then trek along Wakoto Natural Trail, then hike along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Akan-Mashu National Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Mt. Mashu ©
Mt. Mashu
Thermal Spas

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Trappist Monasteries and Goryokaku Park. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Hakodate and Onuma Lake. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Motomachi, try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yafurai Tenmangu.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Teshikaga-cho to Hakodate in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Hakodate sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hokuto, Onuma Lake
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Yafurai Tenmangu ©
Yafurai Tenmangu
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

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