33 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

33 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner

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Sapporo
— 1 night
Train
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Hakodate
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kamikawa-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 1 night

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.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo driving holiday planner.

Vienna, Austria to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Sapporo is 8 hours. When traveling from Vienna in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 27°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Hakodate and Dosanko Farm Hakodate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goryokaku Tower and Trappistine Monasteries. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Nagareyama Camping Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate route planning site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Hokkaido Backcountry Club and Niseko Outdoor Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Onsen Resorts (in Rankoshi-cho), Yoichi-cho (Universe Memorial Hall Yoichi, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, &more) and Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kagaminuma, play a few rounds at Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip planning site.

Getting from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Kutchan-cho, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Kamui Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, make a trip to Cape Shakotan, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho road trip planner.

Getting from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Spas · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 28th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then examine the collection at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shakotan-cho in August since evenings lows in Noboribetsu dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Teshikaga-cho

— 4 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kitami Mint Memorial Museum and Kawayu Eco Museum Center. Step out of the city life by going to Sakura Falls and Mt. Io. Venture out of the city with trips to Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Okhotsk Chipmunk Park (in Abashiri). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, trek along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Lake Kussharo Sand Bath.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Teshikaga-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Rausu-cho

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu and then boost your wellbeing at Kuma no Yu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula, then cruise along Shiretoko Highway, and then make a trip to Shiretoko Pass.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Rausu-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Rausu-cho takes 2 hours. In September in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Shari-cho

— 3 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 outdoors at Shiretoko Beach and Road to Heaven. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho online travel planner.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Kamikawa-cho

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, trek along Sounkyo Gorge, and then admire the sheer force of Ryusei Falls.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kamikawa-cho planning app.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 4 hours. September in Kamikawa-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shirogane Blue Pond and Asahi-dake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Kita no Kunikara Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biei-cho: Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho), Asahidake Ropeway (in Higashikawa-cho) and Furano Wine Factory (in Furano). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls and take in the exciting artwork at Takushinkan.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Biei-cho trip website.

Drive from Kamikawa-cho to Biei-cho in 2 hours. September in Biei-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

On the 13th (Tue), get outside with Giro21 MTB&Nature Tourguide - Daytours, stop by Susukino, and then stroll around Odori Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online itinerary builder.

Drive from Biei-cho to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Biei-cho in September, with lows around 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

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.