12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Chitose
1
Chitose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Tomakomai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Shimukappu-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Biei-cho
— Few hours
taxi + train:  1​h
5
Furano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Toyako-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
train:  1​h
End: Chitose

2
nights
Chitose

Chitose ©
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, buy something for everyone on your list at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, and then examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chitose sightseeing website .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. September in Chitose sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tomakomai.

Things to do in Chitose

Museums Shopping
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Chitose Outlet Mall Rera ©
Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

1
night
Tomakomai

Tomakomai ©
Tomakomai is a city and port in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Chojusan Jizoson, then hunt for treasures at Sea Station Plat Seaport Market, and then examine the collection at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tomakomai trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Chitose to Tomakomai takes an hour. September in Tomakomai sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Tomakomai

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village
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Northern Horse Park ©
Northern Horse Park
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village ©
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

3
nights
Shimukappu-mura

Shimukappu-mura ©
On the 2nd (Tue), wander the streets of HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures, tee off at Hoshino Resort Tomamu, and then make a trip to Unkai Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kanayama Forest Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Mountain Sahoro.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimukappu-mura trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tomakomai to Shimukappu-mura takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tomakomai in October, expect nights in Shimukappu-mura to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures, Bear Mountain Sahoro, Lake Kanayama Forest Park
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Lake Kanayama Forest Park ©
Lake Kanayama Forest Park
HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures ©
HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures
Unkai Terrace ©
Unkai Terrace

few
hours
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
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.
For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho online travel planner .

Drive from Shimukappu-mura to Biei-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Shimukappu-mura in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Biei-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature
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Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

1
night
Furano

Furano
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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Furano trip tool .

You can drive from Biei-cho to Furano in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Furano are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 5th (Fri), you're off toSapporo.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Susukino, then examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and finally make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building and then explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Furano to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Furano in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Otaru
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Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

1
day
Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): hit the slopes at Rusutsu Resort, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, and then take some stellar pictures from Silo Viewing Platform.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Toyako-cho tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hakodate to Toyako-cho in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rusutsu Resort, Lake Toya
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Rusutsu Resort ©
Rusutsu Resort
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, then stop by Wakasaimo Hompo, Noboribetsuonsen, and then identify plant and animal life at Noboribetsu Bear Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Noboribetsu takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park

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