55 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

55 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip itinerary planner

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Hakodate
— 5 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Furano
— 5 nights
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Biei-cho
— 6 nights
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Abashiri
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 5 nights
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Kushiro
— 4 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
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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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and see where the action happens at Hakodate Bicycle Race Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakodate road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hakodate. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hakodate when traveling from San Francisco in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos
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Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Take a break from Kutchan-cho with a short trip to Cape Kamui in Shakotan-cho, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water, walk around Fukidashi Park, and hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kutchan-cho travel site.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Muroran (Muroran Hachimangu Shrine & Cape Chikyu). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu trip maker.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Noboribetsu, with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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Wakkanai

— 5 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Step out of Wakkanai with an excursion to Sarobetsu Marsh Center in Toyotomi-cho--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, admire all the interesting features of Yuhigaoka Parking Area, walk around Wakkanai Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip maker.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Wakkanai are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

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Sapporo

— 7 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 out of Sapporo with an excursion to Otaru Canal in Otaru--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, admire the natural beauty at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wakkanai to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Furano

— 5 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: Hinode Park (in Kamifurano-cho) and Asahiyama Zoo (in Asahikawa). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House, and stop by Campana Rokkatei.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Furano day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in August, expect little chillier with lows of 64°F in Furano. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · 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 Ropeway) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Shirogane Blue Pond, take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, take in nature's colorful creations at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, and explore and take pictures at Parent & Child Tree (Biei-cho).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Biei-cho road trip website.

Drive from Furano to Biei-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Biei-cho can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Abashiri

— 4 nights
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Abashiri is known for museums, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Koshimizu Primeval Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Notoro, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Notoro.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Abashiri online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Abashiri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Abashiri sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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Shari-cho

— 5 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.
Shari-cho is known for nature, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, and explore and take pictures at Road to Heaven.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Abashiri to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Kushiro

— 4 nights
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Change things up with a short trip to Hosooka Observation in Kushiro-cho (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Kushiroshitsugen National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Iwabokki Suimon, enjoy breathtaking views from Kushiro Marsh Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk, and look for gifts at Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo.

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You can drive from Shari-cho to Kushiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Kushiro, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Teshikaga-cho

— 5 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Explore Teshikaga-cho's surroundings by going to Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Sakura Falls), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Kaiyodai Observatory (in Nakashibetsu-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, hike along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kushiro to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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.