45 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 6 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
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Kushiro
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Abashiri
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Furano
— 3 nights
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Asahikawa
— 6 nights
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Hakodate — 6 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). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishizaki Jinushi Kai Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goryokaku Park, and don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate day trip planning site.

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Hakodate is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.
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Kutchan-cho — 4 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art (in Kyowa-cho), Shakotan-cho (Cape Kamui & Shimamu Beach) and Yoichi-cho (Yoichi Fisheries Museum, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakodate in April, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
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Noboribetsu — 4 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore Noboribetsu's surroundings by going to Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho), Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Showashinzan) and Tomakomai City Science Center (in Tomakomai). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, get impressive views of Mt. Usu, observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kutchan-cho in April since evenings lows in Noboribetsu dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kushiro.
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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.
Explore Kushiro's surroundings by going to Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura), Shigechan Land (in Tsubetsu-cho) and Ashoro-cho (Lake Onneto & Nonaka Onsen Honkan). The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Aurora Farm Village, admire the striking features of Iwabokki Suimon, take in panoramic vistas at Kushiro Marsh Observatory, and contemplate the long history of Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kushiro itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Kushiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in May: highs in Kushiro hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.
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Shari-cho — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Nakashibetsu-cho (Hokkaido Yumeno-mori Park, Kaiyodai Observatory, &more), Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho) and Kiyosato Yuhi no Oka (in Kiyosato-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, hike along Biruwa Mashu Trail, and enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kushiro to Shari-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kushiro in May since evenings lows in Shari-cho dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Abashiri.
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Abashiri — 3 nights

A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kitami (Kitami Yumoto Notsukenoyu & Kitami Family Land), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (in Ozora-cho). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, stroll around Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park, ponder the world of politics at Abashiri Prison, and explore the activities along Lake Kussharo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Abashiri day trip site.

Getting from Shari-cho to Abashiri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Wakkanai.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Wakkanai — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wakkanai: Toyotomi-cho (Toyotomi Onsen Fureai Center & Sarobetsu Marsh Center). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, walk around Wakkanai Park, get curious at Wakkanai Youth Science Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hyosetsu no Mon Gate.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wakkanai trip planning site.

You can fly from Abashiri to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Abashiri in May, expect nights in Wakkanai to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Former Hokkaiseikan Company Third Warehouse, Otaru Canal, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip website.

You can fly from Wakkanai to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Wakkanai in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Furano.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 22:

Furano — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Furano: Biei-cho (Shirogane Blue Pond, Shikisai no Oka, &more), Shikaoi-cho (Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Penichika no Yu, Shikanoyu, &more) and Goto Sumio Art Museum (in Kamifurano-cho). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Furabi, stop by Goro's Stone House, make a trip to Nunobe Station, and take in panoramic vistas at Rokugo Viewing Platform.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Furano trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Sapporo, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Furano, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asahikawa.
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Asahikawa — 6 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway, Nakadake Onsen, &more), Morinoyu Hanakagura (in Higashikagura-cho) and Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsuzan, Sounkyo Mt.Daisetsu Photo Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, and stroll around Arashiyama Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Asahikawa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Furano to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Furano in May: highs in Asahikawa hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for home.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 31:

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.
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