28 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

28 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Biei-cho

— 3 nights
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Explore Biei-cho's surroundings by going to Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway, Asahi-dake, &more), Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan) and Kamifurano-cho (Onsen Resorts, Hinode Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, stop by Campana Rokkatei, walk around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, and admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Biei-cho trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Biei-cho is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Biei-cho, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Biei-cho are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Baths · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Teshikaga-cho

— 4 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaminoko Pond and Kaiyodai Observatory. Explore Teshikaga-cho's surroundings by going to Yoroushi Onsen (in Nakashibetsu-cho), Ashoro-cho (Lake Onneto & Nonaka Onsen Honkan) and Shigechan Land (in Tsubetsu-cho). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, and trek along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiretoko National Park and Kuma no Yu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rausu-cho: Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center & Notsuke Peninsula). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Shiretoko Highway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Pass, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rausu-cho trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho in 2 hours. In September in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko Misaki and Shibetsu Salmon Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kawakita Onsen (in Shibetsu-cho) and Milk Road (in Nakashibetsu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock, and take in panoramic vistas at Yuhidai.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. October in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Sapporo

— 5 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 Lake Toya and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Sumiyoshi Shrine, Tomioka Catholic Church, &more), Noboribetsu (Oyunuma, Jigokudani, &more) and Hokkaido Chitose Ham (in Chitose). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sapporo are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Shakotan-cho

— 3 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shakotan Peninsula and Shimamu Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shakotan-cho: Cape Kabuto (in Tomari-mura) and Yoichi-cho (Yoichi Smoked Foods Shop NAMPO, Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Kamui Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, and take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho day trip planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In October in Shakotan-cho, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Hakodate

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Motomachi and Thermal Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Hokkaido Country Club Onuma Course, Shirotai Farm, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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.