55 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

55 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Fly to Memanbetsu Airport, Drive to Teshikaga-cho
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Teshikaga-cho
— 6 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kamikawa-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 6 nights
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Furano
— 6 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 6 nights
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Hakodate
— 7 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 8 nights
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Teshikaga-cho

— 6 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Sakura Falls), Abashiri Prison Museum (in Abashiri) and Nakashibetsu-cho (Kitanemuro Ranch Way & Kaiyodai Observatory). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Akan-Mashu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, trek along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho holiday maker tool.

San Francisco, USA to Teshikaga-cho is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Teshikaga-cho is 17 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, take in panoramic vistas at Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rausu-cho route planner.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Shari-cho

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Kiyosato-cho (Uchu Observation Tower & Ippon no Michi) and Hama no Yu (in Betsukai-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Misaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, and admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho online holiday planner.

Getting from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Kamikawa-cho

— 5 nights
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamikawa-cho side-trips: Taushubetsu River Bridge (in Kamishihoro-cho) and Shikaoi-cho (Mt Hakuun & Shikanoyu). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Susoaidaira, visit Mikuni Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Daisetsu Kogen Swamp.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kamikawa-cho trip maker.

Getting from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Shari-cho in July, you will find days in Kamikawa-cho are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Biei-cho

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biei-cho: Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Asahidake Natural Hiking Route) and Kamifurano-cho (Hinode Lavender Garden, Kanno Firm, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, experience rural life at Biei Farm, and make a trip to Patchwork no Michi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kamikawa-cho to Biei-cho in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Furano

— 6 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Furano: Asahikawa (Asahiyama Zoo & Asahiyama Miura Garden) and Lake Kanayama Lavender Garden (in Minamifurano-cho). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, relax in the rural setting at Saika no sato, and take a memorable drive along Roller Coaster Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Furano trip planner.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Furano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Furano, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

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Noboribetsu

— 6 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Sobetsu-cho (Hamadaen, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, &more), Muroran (Tokkarisho Lookout & Cape Chikyu) and Toyako-cho (Lake Toya Ranch & 100th Anniversary Toyako Onsen Monument). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu holiday planner.

You can drive from Furano to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Hakodate

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, catch the contagious excitement of Hakodate Horse Racetrack, have fun at Hakodate Bicycle Race Track, and don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games

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Sapporo

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Makumbetsu Marshmarshland (in Ishikari), Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, wander the streets of Susukino, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip builder website.

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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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.