16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Fly to Nakashibetsu, Taxi to Shari-cho
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ikeda-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Furano
— 1 night
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakodate
— 3 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip planner.

Tokyo to Shari-cho is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in August; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Ikeda-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Ikeda-cho

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Thu), wander the wide-open spaces of Tokachi Ranch, see the interesting displays at Dct Garden Ikeda, then learn about winemaking at Ikeda Wine Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Chiyoda Entei.

Before you visit Ikeda-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Ikeda-cho takes 4 hours. In August in Ikeda-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Ikeda-cho

Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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Furano

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): do a tasting at Furano Wine Factory, then take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, and then make a trip to Ningle Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, then admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Furano trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ikeda-cho to Furano takes 2.5 hours. In August in Furano, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Asahikawa

— 3 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Let the collections at Snow Crystal Museum and Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Biei-cho (Seven Stars Tree & Patchwork no Michi) and Asahidake Natural Hiking Route (in Higashikawa-cho). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa road trip site.

You can drive from Furano to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Furano in September: highs in Asahikawa hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sapporo Clock Tower and Susukino. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip app.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Noboribetsu on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Sapporo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 8th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

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.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, see the interesting displays at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Kaitaku Hakodate Shicho Shosekiko. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, make a trip to Goryokaku Tower, then see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Hakodate are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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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.