Hokkaido 3 Days Itinerary-X

Summary

  • Start
    New Chitose Airport or Sapporo Station
  • Finish
    New Chitose Airport or Sapporo Station
  • Mileage
    Total 340km
    120km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Relaxing
  • Onsen Stay
    Max. 2nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Dec,Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr

This itinerary takes 4 days to circle south and central Hokkaido.

Due to short daily mileage and by staying consecutive nights in 1 city, you can travel at a relaxing pace.
In winter, the sun sets by 4-5 pm, so arrive at your inn before dark!

If you want to stay in Sapporo after the road trip, you can return the car not to the airport but to Sapporo. Walking and the subway are more convenient for sightseeing in Sapporo.

 

Chitose Airport/Sapporo – Niseko/Lake Toya(Sample)

Start: New Chitose Airport or Sapporo(新千歳空港or札幌)
Finish: Niseko or Lake Toya (ニセコ/洞爺湖)
Mileage:
To Lake Toya: 160km
To Niseko: 205km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head to Lake Toya from New Chitose Airport via Noboribetsu.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Rental car branch at New Chitose Airport or Sapporo

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New Chitose Airport

9:00

New Chitose Airport is the gateway to Hokkaido. First of all, please complete the reception procedure at the rental car counter at the airport. It takes about 15 minutes by free shuttle bus to the rental car company branch.

The mileage is about 160-205km. There is the Hokkaido Expressway(E5) along the route, so it is recommended to use the expressway if the GPS guide it. If you depart in the afternoon, please consider skipping some spots.




60 min

2

National AINU museum and park UPOPOY

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“Chise,” an Ainu house in the Ainu Folk Museum Upopoi

10:00

The first destination is [National AINU museum and park UPOPOY]. At UPOPOY, which opened in 2020, you can learn about the unique culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. There are also performances of unique musical instruments and dances, so don’t miss it.




45 min

3

Jigokudani(Hell Valley)

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you can enjoy short walking at Jigokudani Hell Valley

11:45

After leaving Upopoi, head to [Noboribetsu Jigokudani]. You can enjoy short walking and see the desolate sight of sulfur vapors.
There is a restaurant on the way where you can grill Hokkaido seafood with charcoal, so it is ideal for lunch. Please refer driving map.




60 min

4

Cape Chikyu

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From Cape Earth, you can see a panoramic view of the arcing horizon.

13:45

If you have time, stop by [Cape Chikyu].
It is an observatory where you can feel that the earth is a sphere because the horizon draws a slight arc.




60 min

5

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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Showa Shinzan and Lake Toya seen from the Mt.Usu Ropeway

15:45

Please drop in at [Mt. Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm], which is right next to Lake Toya, where you will stay for the day.
From Mt.Usu Ropeway, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Showashinzan which was suddenly made in 1944, Lake Toya, and the Pacific Ocean.
Also, there is Showashinzan Bear Ranch in the same place, so if you have children, nice visit it as well.

Right next to the ropeway station




10 min

6

Inn in Lake Toya

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17:30

There are 3 recommended area for this day. If you would like to stay snow resort for ski and snow activities, either Niseko or Rusutsu is recommended. If you don’t plan to do skiing, Lake Toya is recommended. Please refer below “Where to stay” part.

Long-run fireworks displays are held every day from May to October in the Toyako Onsen Hot Spring town area.




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Lake Toya

On this day, you will stay at Lake Toya(洞爺湖). Many Onsen Ryokans are concentrated from the south to the west side of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a lake view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Niseko/Lake Toya – Niseko/Lake Toya 🔒

Start:Niseko or Lake Toya (ニセコ/洞爺湖)
Finish:
Niseko or Lake Toya (ニセコ/洞爺湖)
Mileage:

From Lake Toya: 100km
From Niseko or Rusutsu Ski Resort: 0km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

On this day, you will stay in Niseko or Lake Toya for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Lake Toya/Niseko

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10:00
If you are staying at Lake Toya on this day, the mileage is 100km. If you are staying at Niseko or Rusutsu Ski Resort, you don’t need to drive.




60min

2

Niseko or Rusutsu Ski Resort

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11:00

Source: Rusutsu Resort official website 出典:ルスツリゾート公式ホームページ
Source: Rusutsu Resort official website 出典:ルスツリゾート公式ホームページ
Source: Rusutsu Resort official website 出典:ルスツリゾート公式ホームページ

Please enjoy winter sports in [Niseko or Rusutsu Ski Resort] on this day. In Niseko or Rusutsu, you can enjoy a wide range of activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow rafting, horseback riding, and smelt fishing.
(Reference site)
Niseko
Rusutsu




60min

3

Inn in Lake Toya

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16:00

Spend your second night at Lake Toya relaxing while enjoying the hot springs.

Long-run fireworks displays are held every day from May to October in the Toyako Onsen Hot Spring town area.




Driving Map For The Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Lake Toya

On this day, you will stay at Lake Toya(洞爺湖). Many Onsen Ryokans are concentrated from the south to the west side of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy an open-air onsen with a lake view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Lake Toya – Sapporo or Chitose🔒

Start: Lake Toya(洞爺湖)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose (札幌or千歳)
Mileage:
To Sapporo: 150km
To Chitose Arirpot: 170km
Travel Pace: Normal

You will be back from Lake Toya to New Chitose Airport or Sapporo on this day.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Lake Toya

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9:00

The mileage is about 150km from Lake Toya to Sapporo via Otaru and about 170km to the airport.
If you plan to fly from New Chitose Airport on this day, please see the end of the article.




10 min

2

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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9:10

If you haven’t visited, please visit [Usuzan Ropeway & Showa Shinzan Bear Ranch].

Showa Shinzan and Lake Toya saw from the Mt.Usu Ropeway




60 min

3

Fukidashi Spring Water Park

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Fukidashi Park, where you can draw spring water from Mt.Youtei

11:50

After that, you will drive north while looking at the magnificent Mt. Yotei and head for [Fukidashi Spring Water Park]. In the park, where 80,000 tons of underground water from Mt. Yotei springs up a day, you can get mellow and sweet natural water containing abundant minerals.




70 min

4

Kenashiyama Observatory

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From the Mt. Kenashiyama Observatory, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Otaru cityscape.

14:00

After that, you will head north for 60km to Otaru, the highlight of today. Since the distance is long, please take a break at the roadside station on the way.
There is [Kenashiyama Observatory] just before Otaru. You can overlook the streets of Otaru and Ishikari Bay, so please stop by.




20 min

5

Otaru

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Otaru Canal

15:00

[Otaru] is famous as a canal town, but the main walk is Sakaimachihondori. Attractions such as the music box hall, sweets like LeTAO and Kitakaro, and Kitaichi Glass are lined up along the street. Also, sushi is definitely recommended. Both are within walking distance, so park your car and take a walk. It is safe to plan for at least 3 hours including meals.
Most shops in Otaru close at 17:00. Please make sure to arrive at Otaru by 15:00 at the latest.

Otaru’s main street “Sakai-cho Hon-dori”
If you want to go all out, you’re going to have to go out of your way to eat delicious sushi.




40 min

6

Rental car branch at Sapporo or New Chitose Airport

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18:30
This concludes your Hokkaido road trip.

①Returning a car in Sapporo
When you return to Sapporo, refuel and then return the car to the car rental branch. Use the MAPCODE on the driving map for the nearest rental car stores and gas stations near Sapporo Station.
Sapporo offers a wide variety of culinary delights! For dinner, try Sapporo Miso ramen, Soup curry, Crab and Sushi.

②Returning a car at New Chitose Airport
When heading to New Chitose Airport, the distance from Sapporo is about 60 km, about 1 hour. Make sure you arrive at the car rental company branch 3 hours before your flight. You need to take the shuttle bus from the company branch to the airport. In addition, New Chitose Airport is the best in Japan. There are restaurants where you can enjoy all kinds of Hokkaido gourmet food and countless souvenir shops, so the waiting time for your flight feels short.

New Chitose Airport has a full range of stores to enjoy even during long waits.
Sapporo Ramen Yokocho, where all of Hokkaido’s best stores are gathered.
I would love to try soup curry in Sapporo!




If you have time, visiting Mt. Moiwayama at dusk is recommended. You can enjoy a vast night view from the observatory overlooking Sapporo, the largest town in Hokkaido.

The vast night view of Sapporo from Mt.MOIWA

Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Sapporo or Chitose

On this day, you will stay in either Sapporo city, the capital of Hokkaido or Chitose town near the “New Chitose Airport”. Please choose the following options depending on your travel schedule.

①Staying in Sapporo
Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido and there are hundreds of inns from Sapporo Station to the Susukino area, the entertainment district. It is convenient to stay either on the south side of Sapporo Station or around “Odori Park”.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking, but the parking lot fee will be charged separately in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because there are more than 9,000 restaurants in Sapporo, it is recommended to make reservations with a breakfast-only plan.

②Returning to New Chitose Airport
If your flight is a morning flight, staying near Chitose Airport is a good idea. There is some hotel in and around the airport.
Once you return the car, rental car company bring you to the airport by free shuttle bus.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    It is better to return your car first and take public transportation or a shuttle bus to these hotels.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Since there are many restaurants in the airport and around Chitose Station where you can have dinner, it is recommended to book breakfast only or stay overnight.

Process

  1. Book hotels or rental cars from the links below.
  2. Submit the “Map Request Form” at the bottom after bookings.
  3. We will send you day-by-day Driving Maps with MAPCODE of the itinerary you choose!
    Enjoy your trip without the hassle of finding parking!

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide

  • New Chitose Airport
    The main international airport in Hokkaido. Recommended for Pick-up.
    If you arrive after 14:00, consider staying overnight around the airport or in Sapporo and departing the next morning.
    It takes 1 hour to Sapporo station by train.
  • Sapporo City
    The capital and biggest city in Hokkaido. Most car rental shops are located around Sapporo Station.
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    You can rent at New Chitose Airport and return at Sapporo Station, and vice versa. Normally, the one-way charge is about JPY2000 only.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    If you travel from the beginning of November to the end of April, you must book a car with snow tires. It should be installed without requests from rental car companies in Hokkaido, but if you are concerned, you can double-check with them after making a reservation.

Hotel Booking

You can book any hotels for this itinerary from the links below, however we will suggest a recommended mid range hotel or inn that has:
・Parking
・A convenient location
・A rate of about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Niseko or Lake Toya
*Change the place name to Niseko or Rusutsu if necessary
Change the place name to Niseko or Rusutsu if necessary

On this day, you will stay at either Niseko(ニセコ) world-famous ski resort, or Lake Toya(洞爺湖).
Choose whether to ski or not.

①Niseko
One of the most famous ski resorts in the world. You can enjoy winter sports on the best powder snow.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star hotels and lodges with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Because Niseko has become world famous, there is a shortage of accommodations and reservations can be difficult to obtain. In this case, Rusutsu Resort, 30 km away, is highly recommended.

②Lake Toya
It is a famous hot spring resort located on the south side of Lake Toya. You can enjoy a relaxing stay with a view of beautiful Lake Toya.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a lake view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area, so make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
Recommended Inn

The Lake view TOYA Nonokaze resort

/ stay in Niseko or Lake Toya
*Change the place name to Niseko or Rusutsu if necessary
Change the place name to Niseko or Rusutsu if necessary

On this day, you will stay at either Niseko(ニセコ) world-famous ski resort, or Lake Toya(洞爺湖).
Choose whether to ski or not.

①Niseko
One of the most famous ski resorts in the world. You can enjoy winter sports on the best powder snow.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star hotels and lodges with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Because Niseko has become world famous, there is a shortage of accommodations and reservations can be difficult to obtain. In this case, Rusutsu Resort, 30 km away, is highly recommended.

②Lake Toya
It is a famous hot spring resort located on the south side of Lake Toya. You can enjoy a relaxing stay with a view of beautiful Lake Toya.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a lake view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area, so make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
Recommended Inn

The Lake view TOYA Nonokaze resort

/ stay in Sapporo(If you need)
Recommended Inn

JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

On this day, you will stay in either Sapporo city, the capital of Hokkaido or Chitose town near the “New Chitose Airport”. Please choose the following options depending on your travel schedule.

①Staying in Sapporo
Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido and there are hundreds of inns from Sapporo Station to the Susukino area, the entertainment district. It is convenient to stay either on the south side of Sapporo Station or around “Odori Park”.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking, but the parking lot fee will be charged separately in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because there are more than 9,000 restaurants in Sapporo, it is recommended to make reservations with a breakfast-only plan.

②Returning to New Chitose Airport
If your flight is a morning flight, staying near Chitose Airport is a good idea. There is some hotel in and around the airport.
Once you return the car, rental car company bring you to the airport by free shuttle bus.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    It is better to return your car first and take public transportation or a shuttle bus to these hotels.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Since there are many restaurants in the airport and around Chitose Station where you can have dinner, it is recommended to book breakfast only or stay overnight.

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Drive Japan team hopes you will experience a fantastic road trip and make unforgettable memory!

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