30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

30 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-to
— 2 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takushinkan and Campana Rokkatei. Get outdoors at Asahi-dake and Kurodake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biei-cho: Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho), Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho) and Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake & Asahidake Natural Hiking Route). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, experience rural life at Biei Farm, don't miss a visit to Patchwork no Michi, and stroll around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Biei-cho trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Biei-cho is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Biei-cho is 14 hours. September in Biei-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Scenic Drive

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Teshikaga-cho

— 3 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Appreciate the collections at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Kaminoko Pond and Lake Kussharo. Change things up with these side-trips from Teshikaga-cho: Ashoro-cho (Nonaka Onsen Honkan, Lake Onneto, &more), Nakashibetsu-cho (Yoroushi Onsen & Kaiyodai Observatory) and Okhotsk Chipmunk Park (in Abashiri). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Sakura Falls, explore by horseback at Kawayu Park Ranch, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko National Park and Notsuke Peninsula. Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Peninsula and Kuma no Yu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rausu-cho: Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center & Narawara). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, cruise along Shiretoko Highway, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore and take pictures at Shiretoko Pass.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rausu-cho day trip planning site.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rausu-cho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shibetsu Salmon Park and Hoppo Ryodokan. Get in touch with nature at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Mt. Shari. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Shibetsu Shrine (in Shibetsu-cho) and Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shiretoko Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Sandan no Taki Fall, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rishiri-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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Rishiri-cho, Rishiri-to

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Himenuma Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from Peshi Misaki Observatory, kick back and relax at Ponshimori Beach, then explore the activities along Kanro Spring Water, then step off the mainland to explore Rishiri Island, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Pon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Rishiri Shima no Eki, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rishiri, and then make a trip to Longevity Fountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rishiri-cho trip app.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Rishiri-cho in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Rishiri-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Rishiri-cho

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shimamu Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Refresh Plaza 998, then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake.

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You can drive from Rishiri-cho to Shakotan-cho in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Shakotan-cho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

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Hakodate

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Onuma Park Walking Path and Trappistine Monasteries. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Komagatake Shrine, Onuma Lake, &more) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Hachiman Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, and explore the galleries of Goryokaku Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Sapporo

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai and Otaru-shi General Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shinsennuma and Mt. Yotei. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Kiko-in Temple (in Iwanai-cho), Noboribetsu (Onibokora, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, &more) and Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

Fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Sapporo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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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.