20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

20 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip itinerary planner

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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Nakashibetsu-cho
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Nakashibetsu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen) and Onuma Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Onuma Park Walking Path) and Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout (in Hokuto). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, make a trip to Motoizaka, stroll around Goryokaku Park, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary builder website.

San Francisco, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 48°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and finally stroll around Sengen Park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Koshu Kitano Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform, get impressive views of Showashinzan, take in panoramic vistas at Silo Viewing Platform, then explore the activities along Lake Toya, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Toyako Visitor Center.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Noboribetsu day trip app.

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nakashibetsu-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Nakashibetsu-cho

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Kaminoko Pond and Yoroushi Onsen. Explore Nakashibetsu-cho's surroundings by going to Teshikaga-cho (Lake Kussharo, Mt. Io, &more), Aurora Farm Village (in Shibecha-cho) and Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary (in Tsurui-mura).

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakashibetsu-cho road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Noboribetsu to Nakashibetsu-cho with the Route module. In November in Nakashibetsu-cho, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nakashibetsu-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): cruise along Road to Heaven, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, cruise along Shiretoko Highway, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Sulfur Mining Site. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula, then make a trip to Shiretoko Pass, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Utoro Onsen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho travel route planner.

Getting from Nakashibetsu-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asahikawashi Museum and Glass Forest in FURANO. Venture out of the city with trips to Higashikawa-cho (Higashikawa Culture Gallery & Asahi-dake), Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan) and Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Patchwork no Michi, &more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip planner.

Drive from Shari-cho to Asahikawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Shari-cho in November, plan for little chillier days in Asahikawa, with highs around 36°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

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 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Shakotan-cho in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Shakotan-cho, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

Sapporo

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Royce' Chocolate World and Maruyama Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church, Otaru Canal, &more) and Hokkaido Ramen Dojo (in Chitose). There's lots more to do: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, stroll through Okurayama Lookout, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa.

Start your trip to Sapporo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

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.