46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Furano
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Tsurui-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Abashiri
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Sapporo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Onuma Park Walking Path and Mt. Esan. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumae Castle (in Matsumae-cho), Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Akamatsu Highway (in Nanae-cho). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru, and examine the collection at Old Hiyama Nishigun Office.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate visit app .

Melbourne, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Hakodate, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hiyama-gun, Matsumae-gun, Nanae-cho, Ikarinkan, Trappist Monasteries
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 22:
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

6
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Niseko Hanazono Resort and White Isle Niseko. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Mt. Yotei. Venture out of the city with trips to Mimatsu Masao Memorial Hall (in Sobetsu-cho), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, & more) and Toyako-cho (Toyako Geijutsukan, Toyako Visitor Center, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shinsennuma, fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water, and get outside with Niseko Village Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho day trip app .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hakodate in April: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Toyako-cho, Hokkaido, Niseko-cho, Fukidashi Park
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

2
nights
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 29th (Wed), make a trip to Cape Shakotan, then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, contemplate the long history of Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace, then take an in-depth tour of Yoichi Fisheries Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Furano.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yoichi-cho
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

6
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Old Kamuikotan Railroad Station. Step out of the city life by going to Furano Ski Resort and Daisetsuzan. Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Tsuchino Yakata (in Kamifurano-cho), Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake & Asahi-dake) and Shirogane Blue Pond (in Biei-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Arte Piazza Bibai, take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Nupukano Sato, and see the interesting displays at Akabira City Coal Mine Heritage Guidance Facility.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Furano route planner .

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Furano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shakotan-cho in April since evenings lows in Furano dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Asahikawa, Higashikawa-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Shirogane Blue Pond, Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Menoko no Yu
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 6:
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Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

3
nights
Tsurui-mura

Tsurui-mura ©
Get outdoors at Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary and Lake Kussharo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yoroushi Onsen and Shirafuji no Taki Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Tsurui-mura side-trips: Kayanuma Station (in Shibecha-cho), Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho).

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tsurui-mura trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Furano to Tsurui-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Furano in May, expect nights in Tsurui-mura to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ashoro-cho, Yoroushi Onsen, Kayanuma Station, Akan-Mashu National Park, Kaminoko Pond
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Onneto ©
Lake Onneto

6
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Get in touch with nature at Okhotsk Chipmunk Park and Abashiri Lakeside. Appreciate the collections at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Moyoro Kaizuka-kan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abashiri: Teshikaga-cho (Kawayu Eco Museum Center, Ponpon Trail, & more), Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho) and Chacha World (in Engaru-cho). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Ubaranai Sango-so Colony, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abashiri.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Abashiri visit app .

You can drive from Tsurui-mura to Abashiri in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Mombetsu Museum, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Sakura Falls, Tonden History Museum
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:
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Okhotsk Chipmunk Park ©
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls

3
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Peninsula and Notsuke Peninsula. Take a break from the city and head to Shiretoko National Park and Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center. Step out of Rausu-cho to go to Nakashibetsu-cho and see Kaiyodai Observatory, which is approximately 1h 25 min away.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho travel planner .

Traveling by car from Abashiri to Rausu-cho takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rausu-cho are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Betsukai-cho, Kaiyodai Observatory
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula

5
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shibetsu Salmon Park and Mt. Shari. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Nakashibetsu-cho (Arakawa Hanga Museum, Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport Observation Deck, & more) and Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho online travel planner .

Getting from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakashibetsu-cho, Ippon no Michi, Shibetsu Salmon Park
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Mt. Shari ©
Mt. Shari
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

7
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 Royce' Chocolate World and Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Hokkaido University Museum and Otaru-shi General Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Otaru (Otaru Canal & Sumiyoshi Shrine) and Hello Kitty Happy Flight (in Chitose). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, head outdoors with Sapporo Teine, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo route planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Chitose, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Find places to stay May 23 — 30:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine

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