46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

46 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hakodate
— 6 nights
2
Kutchan-cho
— 6 nights
3
Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
4
Furano
— 6 nights
5
Tsurui-mura
— 3 nights
6
Abashiri
— 6 nights
7
Rausu-cho
— 3 nights
8
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
9
Sapporo
— 7 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Motomachi and Onuma Park Walking Path. Visiting Mt. Esan and Hiura Domon will get you outdoors. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Akamatsu Highway (in Nanae-cho), Matsumae Castle (in Matsumae-cho) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, get engrossed in the history at Kaiyomaru, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Hakodate is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get some cultural insight at Iwanaicho Folk Museum and Toyako Volcano Science Museum. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Yotei and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Mimatsu Masao Memorial Hall (in Sobetsu-cho), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, &more) and Toyako-cho (Toyako Geijutsukan & Toyako Visitor Center). There's much more to do: do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko, explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water, hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, and head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Hakodate in April, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Toyako-cho, Hokkaido, Niseko-cho, Utasai Beech Forests
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, kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, thensteep yourself in history at Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace, thenget engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Furano.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Let the collections at Arte Piazza Bibai and Hokuchin Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asahikawashi Museum and Furabi. Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Tsuchino Yakata (in Kamifurano-cho), Shirogane Blue Pond (in Biei-cho) and Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake, Asahi-dake, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, explore the activities along Shikaribetsu Lake, witness a stunning natural landmark at Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Menoko no Yu, and see the interesting displays at Akabira City Coal Mine Heritage Guidance Facility.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Furano trip planning website.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Furano in 4 hours. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Furano. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Asahikawa, Higashikawa-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Himawari no Sato, Akabira City Coal Mine Heritage Guidance Facility
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 6:
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

3
nights
Tsurui-mura

Tsurui-mura ©
Visiting Yoroushi Onsen and Shirafuji no Taki Waterfall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Onneto and Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kussharo (in Teshikaga-cho), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Kayanuma Station (in Shibecha-cho).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tsurui-mura day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Furano to Tsurui-mura takes 4 hours. When traveling from Furano in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tsurui-mura: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ashoro-cho, Akan-Mashu National Park, Lake Kussharo, Yoroushi Onsen, Kaminoko Pond
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Tonden History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Moyoro Kaizuka-kan and Chacha World. Venture out of the city with trips to Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (in Ozora-cho), Teshikaga-cho (Kawayu Eco Museum Center, Ponpon Trail, &more) and Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho). There's much more to do: get outside with Abashiri Lakeside, don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, explore the activities along Lake Abashiri, and see the interesting displays at Mombetsu Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Abashiri online trip maker.

You can drive from Tsurui-mura to Abashiri in 2 hours. In May in Abashiri, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Koshimizu Primeval Garden Information Center HANA, Tonden History Museum, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Bihorotoge Lookout
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park ©
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls

3
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
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.
Get outdoors at Notsuke Peninsula and Shiretoko National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko Peninsula and Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center. Take a break from Rausu-cho with a short trip to Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu-cho, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, head outdoors with Shiretoko Highway, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rausu-cho trip maker app.

Drive from Abashiri to Rausu-cho in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Misaki. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shibetsu Salmon Park and Road to Heaven. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho) and Nakashibetsu-cho (Arakawa Hanga Museum, Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport Observation Deck, &more). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Oshinkosin Observation Deck.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho planner.

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. May in Shari-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. 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, Shibetsu Salmon Park, Ippon no Michi
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royce' Chocolate World and Otaru-shi General Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sumiyoshi Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Hello Kitty Happy Flight (in Chitose), Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and head outdoors with Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru, Chitose, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Find places to stay May 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

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