23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

23 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido holiday planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Higashikawa-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shinsennuma and Kagaminuma. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sapporo Clock Tower and Tomioka Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Noboribetsu (Spas, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, &more) and Niseko Outdoor Center (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, see the interesting displays at Minapa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, and take in the views from Chuo Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sapporo holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Sapporo is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Rausu-cho

— 3 nights
Serving as the gateway to the World Heritage-listed region of Shiretoko, the fishing town of Rausu-cho seduces visitors with its dramatic natural scenery and cultural richness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko National Park and Mt. Rausu. Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Peninsula and Shiretoko Pass. Explore Rausu-cho's surroundings by going to Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center, Notsuke Peninsula, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kuma no Yu, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Explore your travel options from Sapporo to Rausu-cho with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Shari-cho

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Shiretoko Misaki and Kaminoko Pond. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Koshimizu Pass (in Koshimizu-cho), Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Kawayu Park Ranch, &more) and Kiyosato-cho (Ippon no Michi & Sakura Falls). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In October in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Higashikawa-cho

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asahi-dake and Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Takushinkan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Higashikawa-cho: Biei-cho (Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, Patchwork no Michi, &more), Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp, Daisetsuzan, &more) and Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Higashikawa-cho trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shari-cho to Higashikawa-cho. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Higashikawa-cho, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get great views at Cape Kamui Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, then don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho online itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Higashikawa-cho to Shakotan-cho. Traveling from Higashikawa-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shakotan-cho, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Hakodate

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Onuma Park Walking Path and Trappistine Monasteries. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Onuma Lake) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, and get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate travel route planning site.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 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.