34 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

34 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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34 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Haboro-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Asahikawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Abashiri
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Rausu-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Toyako-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: London

4
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.
Visit Trappist Monasteries and Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple for their historical value. Visiting Hotokegaura and Hiyamizu of Mt. Osore will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Onsen Resorts (in Mori-machi), Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats (in Higashidori-mura) and Moheji Hokutosei Plaza (in Hokuto). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, take in the views from Shichizai Bridge, tee off at Hokkaido Country Club Onuma Course, and contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate journey maker tool .

London, UK to Hakodate is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Hakodate is 9 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Hokuto, Mutsu, Nanae-cho, Hotokegaura, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

5
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
You've now added Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art and Kida Kinjiro Museum of Art. Get in touch with nature at Kagaminuma and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Yoichi-cho (Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya & Yoichi Fisheries Museum). On the 6th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Arishima Memorial Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and see the interesting displays at Shu Ogawara Museum of Art.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Kutchan-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Niseko-cho, Kida Kinjiro Museum of Art, Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

4
nights
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.
Let the collections at The Hokkaido University Museum and Sapporo Art Museum capture your imagination. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sumiyoshi Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Tomakomai Golf Resort 72 (in Tomakomai), Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Otaru (Otaru Wine Gallery, Otaru-shi General Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Former Entomology Lab.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Haboro-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Tomakomai Golf Resort 72, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
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Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

3
nights
Haboro-cho

Haboro-cho ©
Let the collections at Tempokusen Shiryoshitsu and Kitasubaru capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Tomamaecho Local History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haboro-cho: Moeru Tenpoku Ororon Route (in Rumoi) and Nayoro (Nayoro Park & Nayoro Chiebun Sunflower Farm).

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Haboro-cho trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sapporo to Haboro-cho with the Route module. May in Haboro-cho sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Haboro-cho

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Nayoro, Tempokusen Shiryoshitsu, Tomamaecho Local History Museum, Moeru Tenpoku Ororon Route
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nayoro Park ©
Nayoro Park
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Teuri Island ©
Teuri Island

4
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Asahikawashi Museum and Hokuchin Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Viva Alpaca Farm and Yukomanbetsu Swamp. Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Kamifurano-cho (Mt. Furano & Onsen Resorts), Asahidake Natural Hiking Route (in Higashikawa-cho) and Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Furano Budogaoka Park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip site .

You can drive from Haboro-cho to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Kurodake, Furano Budogaoka Park, Viva Alpaca Farm
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Viva Alpaca Farm ©
Viva Alpaca Farm
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine

3
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Raiun Shrine. Kita no Alp Art Museum and Higashimokoto Nyurakukan will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Abashiri: Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (in Ozora-cho), Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail (in Teshikaga-cho) and Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Road to Heaven, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abashiri Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Moyoro Kaizuka-kan.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Abashiri vacation maker .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Abashiri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Asahikawa in May, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Abashiri. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Ozora-cho, Sakura Falls, Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Mt. Shari ©
Mt. Shari
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail ©
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail

4
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Get outdoors at Shiretoko Beach and Shiretoko Highway. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shibetsu Salmon Park and Shibetsu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Shari-cho (Pereke River Shore Park, Onnebetsu River, & more), Nakashibetsu-cho (Hokkaido Yumeno-mori Park & Kitanemuro Ranch Way) and Narawara (in Betsukai-cho).

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho journey builder .

You can drive from Abashiri to Rausu-cho in 2 hours. In May in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Nakashibetsu-cho, Shibetsu-cho, Mt. Io, Narawara
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
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Narawara ©
Narawara
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Highway ©
Shiretoko Highway

2
nights
Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Makkari Onsen as well as Utasai Beech Forests. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Utasai Beech Forests, relax and rejuvenate at Makkari Onsen, and then make a trip to Ukimido Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at Mizumi Reading House, get advice or help at Toyako Visitor Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, then get impressive views of Mt. Usu, and finally walk around Toyako Gurutto Chokoku Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Toyako-cho trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rausu-cho to Toyako-cho. In May, daily temperatures in Toyako-cho can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mt. Usu, Zenkoji Temple, Utasai Beech Forests, Makkari Onsen, Indian Water Wheel Park
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Toya Ranch ©
Lake Toya Ranch
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple
Toyako Visitor Center ©
Toyako Visitor Center

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