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SapporoChitose – Noboribetsu (札幌-登別) 再利用ブロック化済

New Chitose Airport – Noboribetsu

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港)
Finish: Noboribetsu (登別)
Mileage:
From Sapporo: 130km
From Chitose Arirpot: 130km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will head from New Chitose Airport or Sapporo to Noboribetsu, one of Japan’s leading hot spring resorts.

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 of this day is about 130km, so you can travel at a relaxing pace. If you can leave by about 13:00, you can go to Noboribetsu while sightseeing at some spots. However, if the drive departs in the afternoon, please consider skipping some spots.




40 min

2

Lake Shikotsu

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Lake Shikotsu Sky Road through the forest

9:40
The first destination of this trip is [Lake Shikotsu]. It’s 30km west of the airport and you can enjoy a drive through the beautiful woods.

Lake Shikotsu in early summer

In addition to enjoying a walk or boating at Lake Shikotsu, we recommend delicious cream puffs.

Shikotsuko Pattisier Labo Cream Puffs

Pattisier Labo



60 min

3

National AINU museum and park UPOPOY

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545 194 763What is MAPCODE?

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

12:00
You will arrive at the “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.

UPOPOY


Event time table

40 min

4

Jigokudani(Hell Valley)

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603 287 235*71What is MAPCODE?

you can enjoy short walking at Jigokudani Hell Valley

14:00

The biggest highlight of the day is Noboribetsu Jigokudani, which is also the place to stay. A desolate spectacle where sulfur vapor blows out spreads out. The walking path is 600m and you can walk in about 10 minutes.
It’s a 5-10 minute walk from the Noboribetsu Onsen Inn to the entrance of Jigokudani, so it might be a good idea to check in and take a break before heading there.

Oyunuma Pond with beautiful cobalt blue color

If you have time until sunset, you can enjoy other interesting strolling spots.

If you walk about 20 minutes from Jigokudani, you will arrive at [Oyu-numa], where steam is coming out of the swamp. Blue is very beautiful.
If you walk for another 15 minutes from there, you will arrive at [Oyunuma River Natural Footbath]. As the name suggests, this is a rare place where the stream flowing from Oyunuma has become a natural footbath. If you go there, please bring a towel.




5 min

5

Inn in Noboribetsu

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“Noboribetsu” where you stay on this day is a famous hot spring that represents Hokkaido. Please relax and heal the tiredness of the first day.




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Noboribetsu

On this day, you will stay in Noribetsu town(登別) which is the most famous Onsen town in Hokkaido. Many inns are located around “Jigokudani(Hell Valley)”.

  • 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.
  • 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.

SapporoChitose – Lake Toya (札幌-洞爺湖) 再利用ブロック化済

New Chitose Airport – Lake Toya

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港)
Finish: Lake Toya (洞爺湖)
Mileage:165km
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, 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 165-200km. There is the Hokkaido Expressway(E5) along the route, so it is recommended to use the expressway if the GPS guides it. If you depart in the afternoon, please consider skipping some spots.




45 min

2

National AINU museum and park UPOPOY

Parking MAPCODE:

545 194 763What is MAPCODE?

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

9:45

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.




30 min

3

Jigokudani(Hell Valley)

Parking MAPCODE:

603 287 235What is MAPCODE?

you can enjoy short walking at Jigokudani Hell Valley

11:15

After leaving Upopoi, head to [Noboribetsu Jigokudani]. You can enjoy a short walk 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.




45 min

4

Cape Chikyu

Parking MAPCODE:

159 195 015What is MAPCODE?

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

13:00

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.




45 min

5

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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

14:45

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, made in 1944, Lake Toya, and the Pacific Ocean.
Also, there is Showashinzan Bear Ranch in the same place, so if you have children, this is nice to visit it as well.

Right next to the ropeway station




10 min

6

Inn in Lake Toya

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16:30

Toyako (Lake Toya) Onsen is lined with several hot spring inns along the south side of Lake Toya.
There are many inns where you can see Lake Toya from the open-air bath, so it is recommended to stay at one of these.

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.

SapporoChitose – Asahikawa (札幌-旭川)  再利用ブロック化済旭山を行程に入れずにオプションにしてる

New Chitose Airport – Asahikawa

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港)
Finish: Asahikawa (旭川)
Mileage:
From Sapporo: 200km
From Chitose Arirpot: 220km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa via Furano.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Rental car branch at New Chitose Airport

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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 200-220km. We recommend heading to Asahikawa via Furano, but if you arrive in Chitose in the afternoon, consider skipping Furano area and heading directly to Asahikawa on the expressway(E5).
If you would like to visit Furano, staying overnight in Chitose is a good idea!




140 min

2

Farm Tomita

Parking MAPCODE:

349 276 713What is MAPCODE?

Furano’s synonymous with Farm Tomita’s lavender fields

12:20

Head directly to Furano, which has many attractions. First of all, you will visit the very popular [Farm Tomita]. Lavender from mid-July to early August is very famous, but at other times, various flowers such as poppies and lupines bloom, and you can fully enjoy it from mid-April to mid-October.




25 min

3

Shikisai no Oka

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349 701 217What is MAPCODE?

Shikisai-no-oka in Biei (season of September)

13:30

After that, you will head to the biggest highlight of the day [Shikisai no Oka]. The colorful flower fields on the vast hills will be a lifetime memory. You can enjoy it from the end of May to the end of October, but especially in September and October, it is a wonderful place to visit.

In addition, the area from Kamifurano, where Shikisai no Oka is located, to Biei is dotted with farm restaurants, making it ideal for lunch.




20 min

4

Blue Pond

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349 569 454What is MAPCODE?

blue pond

15:20

After that, if you still have time, head to the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as wallpaper for Macs on Apple Computers.




60 min

5

Inn in Asahikawa

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Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:30

Asahikawa, where we will stay tonight, is the second largest city in Hokkaido. You can enjoy various gourmet foods such as Genghis Khan and Asahikawa ramen.
There are many shops within walking distance that are open until late at night, so check in before exploring the city.

Sapporo is famous for miso ramen, Asahikawa is famous for soy sauce ramen
Asahikawa is famous for Genghis Khan BBQ




Asahiyama Zoo is one of the most popular zoo in Japan because of their unique way to show the animals. However, you need to be careful that the zoo closes very early.
Beg May – Mid Oct 9:30-17:15(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Oct – Beg Nov 9:30-16:30(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Nov – Beg Apr 10:30-15:30(Last Ently15:00)

If you would like to visit here this day, please consider departing early and also skip some spots.
Or if you would like to enjoy Asahiyama zoo at a relaxing pace, you can consider staying at Asahikawa city one more night.

Asahiyama Zoo. Allow 2 hours for a visit.

There are also famous spots for Kokia and sunflowers along the drive route of the day. In particular, [Sunflower field in Hokuryu town] is one of the best sunflower fields in Japan, so it is worth giving priority to this when traveling in August. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

The largest field of sunflowers in Japan, Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town (the best time to visit is early August)

Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Asahikawa

On this day, you will stay in Asahikawa city(旭川) which is 2nd largest city in Hokkaido.
The inns are concentrated on the north side of Asahikawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Sapporo/Chitose – Furano (札幌-富良野) 再利用ブロック化済

New Chitose Airport – Furano

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港)
Finish: Furano (富良野)
Mileage: 170km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from New Chitose Airport to Furano famous for its lavender and hill views.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Rental car branch at New Chitose Airport

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New Chitose Airport

10:00

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 200-220km. You need to drive a long distance on a general road to Furano. If you arrive in Chitose in the afternoon, consider skipping some spots.




55 min

2

Kacha Ice Cream & Restaurant

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Various flavors of gelato

10:20

Hokkaido is known for its delicious ice cream. First of all, you aim for [Kacha Ice Cream & Restaurant]. Find and enjoy your favorites from various flavors of ice cream. If you haven’t had lunch yet, you can also enjoy kiln-baked pizza and curry.




130min

After that, you will head to Furano. [Sandantaki Waterfall] or [Roadside Station Yubari Merodo] are ideal spots for breaks. Especially for those traveling in June and July, you can enjoy seasonal Yubari melons at a reasonable price at Yubari Merodo.

Sandanaki Waterfall

3

Farm Tomita

Parking MAPCODE:

349 276 713What is MAPCODE?

Furano’s synonymous with Farm Tomita’s lavender fields

14:00

Furano has many attractions. First of all, you will visit the very popular [Farm Tomita]. Lavender from mid-July to early August is very famous, but at other times, various flowers such as poppies and lupines bloom, and you can fully enjoy it from mid-April to mid-October.




30min

4

Ningle Terrace

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ningle terrace

15:30

[Ningle Terrace] is recommended. You can buy various works by local artists such as crafts and accessories at the log houses lined up in the woods.

It opens till 20:45 so it is also okay to visit after dinner.




10 min

5

Inn in Furano

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15:45

Furano has a limited number of shops that are open until late at night. It is recommended to include a supper when booking the inn or to go to the inn after having supper.




Along the drive route of the day, there are famous places of Kokia, Linaria, and lavender. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

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.

[Drive Map] Sapporo/Chitose – Furano (札幌-富良野) – Google マイマップ
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Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have Onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an Onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Otaru – SapporoChitose (小樽-札幌) 再利用ブロック化済

Otaru – Sapporo or Chitose

Start: Otaru (小樽)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose Airport (札幌or千歳)
Mileage:
To Sapporo: 70km
To Chitose Arirpot: 110km
Travel Pace:Relax

On this day, you will back from Otaru to New Chitose Airport or Sapporo.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Otaru

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9:00

The mileage is about 70km to Sapporo and you can travel at a relaxing pace.
If you plan to fly from New Chitose Airport on this day, please see the end of the article.




5 min

2

Otaru City

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493 661 486What is MAPCODE?

Otaru Canal

9:05

First of all, please take a walk on Sakaimachihondori(境町本通り), which is the main street of [Otaru]. There are many attractions such as various sweets shops and the main building of Otaru Music Box Museum.

Otaru’s main street “Sakai-cho Hon-dori”

It is also recommended to eat famous Sushi for lunch.

If you want to go all out, you’re going to have to go out of your way to eat delicious sushi.




10 min

3

Otaru Kihinkan Aoyama Bettei

Parking MAPCODE:

493 811 525What is MAPCODE?

11:15

We also recommend [Otaru Kihinkan Aoyama Bettei], which is about 5km north of the town of Otaru. You can see how prosperous the town of Otaru was with herring fishing.

The Aoyama Villa is called the Herring Palace. The gorgeous indoor space is a must-see.




35 min

4

Ishiya Chocolate factory(Shiroi Koibito Park)

Parking MAPCODE:

9 602 296What is MAPCODE?

Shiroi Koibito Park is very popular with children

13:20

After that, take the expressway(E5A) to Sapporo. Just before Sapporo, there is [Ishiya Chocolate Factory (Shiroi Koibito Park)], which is the most popular chocolate museum and factory in Hokkaido. [Sapporo market outside market] is where you can buy various seafood, fruits, and souvenirs, so nice to stop by. You also can eat seafood there too.

Sapporo Wholesale Market is a cheap place to buy marine products, sweets, and other Hokkaido souvenirs.
Grilled king crab




35 min

5

Mt.Moiwayama

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The vast night view of Sapporo from Mt.MOIWA

15:00

Also, at dusk, [Mt. Moiwayama] is recommended. You can enjoy a vast night view from the observatory overlooking Sapporo, the largest town in Hokkaido.




35 min

6

Rental car branch at Sapporo or New Chitose Airport

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16:20
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, shopping area in 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!




Driving Map For the Day
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 accommodations 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.

Otaru – Asahikawa (小樽-旭川)  再利用ブロック化済20221006追記 旭山を行程に入れずにオプションにしてる OK

Otaru – Asahikawa

Start: Otaru (小樽)
Finish: Asahikawa (旭川)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day, you will head from Otaru to Asahikawa the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Otaru

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9:00

The mileage is about 200km to Asahikawa. Although you can drive most of the part by expressway, it is a long distance and the travel pace will be fast.




5 min

2

Otaru City

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493 661 486 or walk from your innWhat is MAPCODE?

Otaru Canal

9:05

First of all, please take a walk on Sakaimachihondori(境町本通り), which is the main street of [Otaru]. There are many attractions such as various sweets shops and the main building of Otaru Music Box Museum.

Otaru’s main street “Sakai-cho Hon-dori”

It is also recommended to eat famous Sushi for lunch.

If you want to go all out, you’re going to have to go out of your way to eat delicious sushi.




30min

3

Ishiya Chocolate factory(Shiroi Koibito Park)

Parking MAPCODE:

9 602 296What is MAPCODE?

Shiroi Koibito Park is very popular with children

12:30

After that, take the expressway(E5A) to Sapporo direction. Just before Sapporo, there is [Ishiya Chocolate Factory (Shiroi Koibito Park)], which is well-known as a museum and factory of “White Lover Chocolate”.
[Sapporo market outside market] is where you can buy various seafood, fruits, and souvenirs, so nice to stop by. If you haven’t had lunch yet, it is also a good place to have fresh seafood lunch.

Sapporo Wholesale Market is a cheap place to buy marine products, sweets, and other Hokkaido souvenirs.
Grilled king crab




120min

Then, let’s skip Sapporo and head to Asahikawa. It is about 150 km from Sapporo to Asahikawa and takes about 2 hours. There are not many spots to see and take the expressway(E5). It is a long journey and please take a rest at Service Area(SA) along the expressway.

[Advice for those who want to travel Sapporo city]
Sapporo the Capitol of Hokkaido is a huge city. To avoid traffic jams and parking problems, traveling on foot in the city is more convenient.
If you would like to travel in Sapporo, it is better to return your car at Sapporo and stay there after the road trip.

4

Arashiyama Park Observatory

Parking MAPCODE:

79 456 019What is MAPCODE?

Arashiyama Park Observatory, a little-known spot in Asahikawa

16:30
Once you reach Asahikawa city, this unknown observatory is recommended. If the weather is nice, you can see panoramic scenery with Asahikawa city and the amazing Daisetsuzan mountain range.




30min

5

Inn in Asahikawa

Parking MAPCODE:

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17:30

Asahikawa, where you will stay tonight, is the second largest city in Hokkaido. Here you can enjoy various gourmet foods such as Genghis Khan and Asahikawa ramen.
There are many shops within walking distance that are open until late at night, so please check in before exploring the city.

Sapporo has miso ramen, Asahikawa has soy sauce ramen
Asahikawa is famous for Genghis Khan. Daikokuya Is recommended.




Asahiyama Zoo is one of the most popular zoo in Japan because of their unique way to show the animals. Howeve, you need to be careful that Asahiyama zoo closes very early.
Beg May – Mid Oct 9:30-17:15(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Oct – Beg Nov 9:30-16:30(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Nov – Beg Apr 10:30-15:30(Last Ently15:00)

If you would like to visit here this day, please consider departing early and also skip some spots.
Or if you would like to enjoy Asahiyama zoo at a relaxing pace, you can consider staying at Asahikawa city one more night.

Asahiyama Zoo. Allow 2 hours for a visit.

There are also famous spots for Kokia and sunflowers along the drive route of the day.
In particular, [Sunflower field in Hokuryu town] is one of the best sunflower fields in Japan, so it is worth giving priority to this when traveling in August. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

The largest field of sunflowers in Japan, Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town (best time to visit is early August)

Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Asahikawa

On this day, you will stay in Asahikawa city(旭川) which is 2nd largest city in Hokkaido.
The inns are concentrated on the north side of Asahikawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Noboribetsu – Hakodate (登別-函館) 再利用ブロック化済

Noboribetsu – Hakodate

Start: Noboribetsu(登別)
Finish: Hakodate (函館)
Mileage:230km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate along the Funka Bay.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Noboribetsu

Parking MAPCODE:

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The mileage is a long distance of about 230km. About 150km of this is an expressway. There are many attractions in Hakodate, so we recommend that you leave from 8:00 to 9:00, especially if you stay in Hakodate only for one night.

9:00
If you didn’t walk in Jigokudani yesterday, why not get up a little early and enjoy a walk in the morning?
It is about a 5-10 minutes walk from most of the inns in Noboribetsu Onsen to the entrance of Jigokudani. The walking path itself is 600m, and you can walk in about 10 minutes.

you can enjoy short walking at Jigokudani Hell Valley

Also, it is a 5-minute drive to [Oyunuma] near Jigokudani, so it is recommended to stop by when you leave Noboribetsu.

Oyunuma Parking Lot MAPCODE: 603 288 875
OHYUMUMA with beautiful cobalt blue color




50 min

2

Cape Chikyu

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

10:50
The first destination of this trip is [Cape Chikyu].
It is an observatory where you can feel that the earth is a sphere from the horizon that draws a slight arc.
It’s a very pleasant observatory, but if you want to spend a lot of time in Hakodate, please consider skipping it.

After this, you will take the Hokkaido Expressway(E5) for a long-distance drive along the Eruption Bay.




120 min

3

Yakumo Parking area(To Hakodate)

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Harvester Yakumo’s chicken is a must when you come to Yakumo Parking Area.

13:00
[Yakumo Parking area(To Hakodate)] is highly recommended for a break.

It is a very pleasant parking area overlooking the Eruption Bay and the grasslands that spread from the hill.
From here, you can walk to restaurant “Harvester Yakumo”, where you can enjoy delicious fried chicken and pizza at a historic restaurant that was opened as an experimental farm for KFC(Kentucky Fried Chicken).

After lunch, you will head to Hakodate again on the expressway. It takes 2 hours to get to Hakodate, so please take a break on the way.

The spot is located on the expressway. If GPS ask you, please choose “Toll”.




80 min

4

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse

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15:20
If you arrive in Hakodate while it is bright, we recommend the Red Brick Warehouse.

More than 40 restaurants and stores are located in the Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse.

If you have time, we recommend taking a walk in Motomachi, Hakodate, where old Western-style buildings are lined up on the cobblestone slopes.

Hakodate Motomachi, with its exotic atmosphere of Western-style buildings on a cobblestone slope

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse



10 min

5

Inn in Hakodate

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The night view seen from Mt. Hakodate is one of the three major night views in Japan and it is wonderful

Japan’s Three Greatest Night Views from Mount Hakodate

If you visit Mt. Hakodate between 17: 00-22: 00, please use the ropeway as parking for general vehicles is restricted.
You can drive to the top of the mountain after 22:00, so it’s a good idea to check in at the hotel and have dinner first. However, please drive carefully as you will be driving on a narrow mountain road in the dark.




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Hakodate

On this day, you will stay in Hakodate(函館) city which is famous for its magnificent night view and morning market. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Hakodate Morning Market
Most of the highlights in Hakodate are located near the Hakodate Morning Market and it is very convenient for sightseeing. However, there is no Onsen in this area.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking, but the parking lot fee will be charged separately in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    Inns around the morning market don’t provide an onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants for dinner. It is also a good idea to have breakfast at “Hakodate Morning Market”. Therefore, booking a plan with breakfast or without meals is fine.

②Yunokawa Onsen(湯の川温泉) area
This area is located 5km east of the center of Hakodate and near Hakodate airport.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen.
  • 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 few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Hakodate – Lake Toya (函館-洞爺湖) 再利用ブロック化済

Hakodate – Lake Toya

Start: Hakodate(函館)
Finish: Lake Toya (洞爺湖)
Mileage:170km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Hakodate to Lake Toya.

Recommended Itinerary

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Inn in Hakodate

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9:00

The mileage is a little long, about 170km including 125km of expressway driving.




5 min

2

Hakodate Morning Market

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Hakodate morning market

9:05

You will get up early on this day and visit [Hakodate Morning Market]. Breakfast will consist of fresh seafood such as famous squid, sea urchins, and crab is the best.
It is also okay to visit on foot from your inn if possible.

Squid is a must at Hakodate morning market
Grilled king crab
You can enjoy squid fishing in Hakodate morning market




5 min

3

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse

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10:10

[Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse] is also nearby, so if you haven’t been there yet, please stop by.

More than 40 restaurants and stores are located in the Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse.




45 min

Once you depart Hakodate city, let’s drive along the hidden scenic road “Shirotai Skyline”.

Shirotai Skyline, where the Shirotai Farm Observatory is located, is a road with an undiscovered spectacular view

4

Onuma National Park

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The small islands of Onuma National Park are connected by 18 bridges and can be explored.

11:50

After that, you will head to [Onuma National Park]. The small islands floating in the swamp are connected by 18 bridges, and you can enjoy a very pleasant walk. You can also enjoy a 30-minute tour boat, rental boat, and cycling. There are several recommended restaurants around Onuma Park, so please enjoy lunch before taking a walk.

Restaurant Rivage stands by the lakeside of Onuma




120 min

5

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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

15:30

After Onuma Park, it is a 2-hour drive on the expressway. The final destination of the day is “Mt. Usu Ropeway”. From the ropeway, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Showa Shinzan, which was created in 1944, Lake Toya, and the Pacific Ocean.
There is also Showa Shinzan Bear Ranch in the same place, so if you have children, please visit it as well.

Bear farm is located right next to the ropeway station




10 min

Near Lake Toya, there is [Sobetsu Fruit Village] where 23 orchards are gathered.
You can enjoy fruit picking from Beg-Jun to End-Oct.

cherry picking
apple picking

6

Inn in Lake Toya

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17:00

On the south side of Lake Toya, there is the Toyako Onsen Hot Spring town, where a number of hot spring inns are gathered.
There are many inns where you can see Lake Toya from the open-air bath, so it is recommended to stay at one of them.

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 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/Chitose (洞爺湖-札幌千歳) 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Toya – Sapporo or Chitose

Start: Lake Toya(洞爺湖)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose Airport (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.

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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

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.

Lake Toya – Otaru (洞爺湖-小樽) 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Toya – Otaru

Start: Lake Toya(洞爺湖)
Finish: Otaru (小樽)
Mileage:120km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Lake Toya to Canal town Otaru.

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Inn in Lake Toya

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8:00

The mileage is about 120km, but if you go to the highlight, Cape Kamui, it will be very long, about 200km. In that case, we recommend that you leave from 8:00 to 9:00.




10 min

2

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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

8:10
If you haven’t visited, please visit [Mt. Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm]. After that, you will head north toward Niseko while looking at the magnificent view of Mt. Yotei.
There are observatories overlooking Lake Toya and a delicious ice cream shop along the way, so stop by and proceed.

Lake Hill Farm’s ice cream is a must-try. Over 20 flavors.
Rich gelato




90 min

3

Shinsen Marsh

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11:10

After that, you will head to [Shinsen Marsh]. After passing Niseko, you will enter the Niseko Panorama Line, which is the best drive route in Southern Hokkaido.

Niseko Panorama Line
the Shinsen marsh.

Shinsen Marsh is at the end of the panoramic line. There is a 25-minute walk to the beautiful marshland. Autumn leaves are also wonderful.




80 min

From Shinsen Marsh to Cape Kamui, you can enjoy a winding drive along the coast with a view of the Sea of Japan and the Shakotan Peninsula.

Route 229 on the Shakotan coast toward Cape Kamui

4

Cape Kamui

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Cape Kamui. It takes about 40 minutes round trip from the parking lot to the end of the cape.

13:30

After that, you will head north to Cape Kamui, the biggest highlight of the day. In the olden days, the cape was considered a sanctuary forbidden to women, and the cape that stretches out into the turquoise sea is breathtakingly beautiful. Enjoy walking in the magnificent scenery.




60 min

5

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery, created by Masataka Taketsuru, NHK’s “Massan” TV series

15:30

The final destination of the day is “Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery”. You can tour the historic distillery of Japan’s leading whiskey brand.




30 min

6

Inn in Otaru

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17:00

Otaru Canal at night

Otaru is your accommodation on this day, but most shops on Sakaimachihondori, which is the main street, close around 17:00, so you will take a walk here the next day. Instead, enjoy a stroll and Otaru sushi dinner with a spectacular night view of the canal.

You must try sushi when you come to Otaru!




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.

[Drive Map] Lake Toya-Otaru(洞爺湖-小樽) – Google マイマップ
Lake Toya-Otaru(洞爺湖-小樽)

Where to stay in Otaru

On this day, you will stay in Otaru city(小樽) which is famous for its canal and Sushi. Many inns are concentrated between Otaru Station and the canal. It is more convenient for sightseeing to stay as close to “Sakaimachi hondori street” as possible.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Furano – Asahikawa (富良野-旭川)  再利用ブロック化済 旭山が行程に入ってるけどオプションにしたほうがいいかも

Furano – Asahikawa

Start: Furano(富良野)
Finish: Asahikawa (旭川)
Mileage:100km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will leave Furano and drive through the beautiful hills of Furano and Biei to Asahikawa.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Furano

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9:00

The mileage is about 60 to 100km, so you can travel at relaxing pace. However, if you want to go to Asahiyama Zoo, please leave as early as possible in the morning and try to arrive at least 2 hours before closing.




15 min

2

Farm Tomita

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Furano’s synonymous with Farm Tomita’s lavender fields

9:15

If you haven’t been there yet, please visit [Farm Tomita]. Lavender from mid-July to early August is very famous. Various flowers such as poppies and lupines bloom at other times, and you can fully enjoy them from mid-April to mid-October.




25 min

After that, you will head north on the beautiful hills of Furano. On the way, you will go through the [Roller Coaster Road]. The 4.5km straight road that repeats ups and downs is a unique road named like a roller coaster.

Roller Coaster Road

3

Shikisai no Oka

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10:40

Shikisai-no-oka in Biei (season of September)

After that, you will head to the biggest highlight of the day [Shikisai no Oka]. The colorful flower fields on the vast hills will be a lifetime memory. You can enjoy it from the end of May to the end of October, but especially in September and October, it is a wonderful place to visit.

In addition, the area from Kamifurano, where Shikisai no Oka is located, to Biei is dotted with farm restaurants, making it ideal for lunch.




20 min

4

Blue Pond

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blue pond

13:00

After that, if you still have time, head to the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as wallpaper for Mac on Apple Computer.
3 driving from Blue Pond is Shirahige Falls. It is not well known, but it is worth a visit as well.

Shirahige Water Falls, with the same vivid blue color as the blue pond




60 min

When you go north again from the blue pond, there is a road you should definitely take. It is a farm road called [Fujino Daini]. You can drive through the beautiful hills for 7km. This is a secret scenic road that Drive Japan luckily found that is not listed in guidebooks. There are no signs, so please refer to the MAPCODE on the drive map.

Image of the scene from Fujino No. 2 agricultural road

5

Asahiyama Zoo

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Asahiyama Zoo. Allow 2 hours for a visit.

15:00

The most famous zoo in Hokkaido, [Asahiyama Zoo], can be reached in about an hour and a half from Furano and about 20 minutes from Asahikawa.

There are the following parking lots.
Main gate 1st parking(Free 65 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
Main gate 2nd parking(Free 125 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
East gate parking(Free 300 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 881

Please be careful that Asahiyama zoo closes very early.
Beg May – Mid Oct 9:30-17:15(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Oct – Beg Nov 9:30-16:30(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Nov – Beg Apr 10:30-15:30(Last Ently15:00)

If you would like to enjoy Asahiyama zoo at a relaxing pace, please consider staying one more night.




30 min

6

Inn in Asahikawa

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16:30

Asahikawa, where you will stay tonight, is the second largest city in Hokkaido. Here you can enjoy various gourmet foods such as Genghis Khan and Asahikawa ramen.
There are many shops within walking distance that are open until late at night, so please check in before exploring the city.

Sapporo has miso ramen, Asahikawa has soy sauce ramen
Asahikawa is famous for Genghis Khan. Daikokuya Is recommended.




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.

[Drive Map] Furano-Asahikawa (富良野-旭川) – Google マイマップ
Furano-Asahikawa (富良野-旭川)

Where to stay in Asahikawa

On this day, you will stay in Asahikawa city(旭川) which is 2nd largest city in Hokkaido.
The inns are concentrated on the north side of Asahikawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Asahikawa – Abashiri (旭川-網走) 再利用ブロック化済

Asahikawa – Abashiri

Start:Asahikawa(旭川)
Finish:Abashiri (網走)
Mileage:250km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day, you will head from Asahikawa to Abashiri.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Asahikawa

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8:00

The mileage is 210km-280km, which is the longest on this trip, so it is recommended to leave Asahikawa to leave the latest at 9 o’clock.




90 min

2

Mt.Daisetsu Sounkyo Ropeway

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Daisetsu Kurodake ropeway. Autumn leaves come down from the summit to the foot of the mountain from early September to early October.

9:30

The first destination is [Mt. Daisetsu Sounkyo Ropeway]. Especially in autumn, you can see the most magnificent autumn leaves in Hokkaido.




5 min

3

Ginga & Ryusei Falls

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Ginga & Ryusei Falls seen from the Soubaku-dai observatory

11:00

Also, 2km away from Sounkyo, there are two dynamic waterfalls, [Ginga & Ryusei Falls], with wonderful heights of 90m and 120m.




60 min

4

Kitakitsune Fox Farm

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Lovely Northern Fox (Northern Fox Farm)

13:00

After that, you will cross the Ishikita Pass for about 60km and head for [Kitakitsune Fox Farm]. The foxes with adorable fluffy coats will welcome you. The roadside station is also adjacent, so it’s perfect for a break.




120min

5

Cape Notoro

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Sunset at Cape Nodori

15:55

The last spot of the day is [Cape Notoro]. It is a spot where you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Sea of Okhotsk.




15 min

6

Inn in Abashiri

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17:10

Abashiri, where we stay on this day, is a hot spring resort. Make sure you arrive at the inn by 6 pm at the latest.




In addition, there are [Shibazakura Takigami Park] and [Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park] along the route of the day.
If you are traveling from early May to early June, we strongly recommend that you prioritize your visit to these locations. You can also enjoy coral grass in September and cosmos in October on this route.

Shiba-zakura Takigami Park (mid-May)
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (late May)
Lake Nodori coral grass colony (September – early October)

Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Abashiri

On this day, you will stay at Abashiri(網走). The inns are spread from the east side of Lake Abashiri to the Abashiri station area.

  • Inn Type
    There are various styles of accommodations in Abashiri, from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokan with an Onsen. If you prefer a reasonably priced hotel, we recommend staying near Abashiri Station, and if you prefer a Ryokan with Onsen, we recommend staying on the east side of Lake Abashiri.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • 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.

Abashiri – Shiretoko (網走-知床) 再利用ブロック化済

Abashiri – Shiretoko

Start: Abashiri(網走)
Finish: Shiretoko (知床)
Mileage:180km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Abashiri to Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage Site, via beautiful lakes such as Lake Kussharo and Lake Mashu.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Abashiri

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9:00

The mileage is about 180km.




60 min

2

Lake Kussharo(Bihoro Pass Observatory)

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Lake Kussharo view from Bihoro Pass

10:00

The first destination is Lake Kussharo [Bihoro Pass Observatory], which is the biggest highlight of the day. The panoramic view of Lake Kussharo, the largest caldera lake in Japan and the second largest in the world, is called the “superb view of the world”, and from here you can see the Shiretoko mountain range and Mt. Daisetsuzan.

In addition, Route 243 from Bihoro Pass to Lake Kussharo is a road where you can enjoy an exhilarating drive, which is ranked 28th in the touring course ranking of a motorcycle magazine. Drive through the beautiful contrast between the green of bamboo grass and the blue of the lake.




40 min

3

Mt.Iou

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Mt.Io smoke a fumarole

11:30

While driving along Lake Kussharo, you will aim for the next destination [Mt. Iou]. The eruption that blows out while making a rumbling noise is very dynamic. You can also see yellow sulfur crystals.




10 min

4

Lunch

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Teshikaga Ramen is the representative ramen of East Hokkaido

12:40

Lunch is best around Mt. Iou. If you like ramen, please try the local ramen [Teshikaga ramen] that represents Eastern Hokkaido.




20 min

5

Lake Mashu No.3 observatory

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Lake Mashu No.3 Observatory with the sky reflected in it

14:10

After lunch, you will head to the next lake, Lake Mashu. It is called Mashu Blue because of its second highest transparency in the world and a depth of 211m, and the appearance of the sky reflected on the surface of the lake is like a huge mirror. There are multiple observatories on Lake Mashu, but if you are traveling on a driving trip, the view of [Lake Mashu No.3 observatory], which is not accessible by bus, is the best, and parking is free, so it is recommended.




70min

6

Road to the Sky

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16:00
After that, you will head to Shiretoko, a World Heritage Site. Stop by the observatory called “Road to the Sky” on the way. Originally known only to local bikers, the name comes from the sight of a 28km straight road leading to the sky. Must see.

The “Road to Heaven,” a 28-kilometer straight road that stretches all the way to the horizon.




30min

7

Inn in Shiretoko

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17:00
Utoro town in Shiretoko where you stay on this day is a hot spring resort. About 8km before Shiretoko, there is Oshinkoshin Falls just next to the coastal main road. It is recommended if you have time.

Oshinkoshin Falls located just next to the road




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Shiretoko

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko(知床). Because of the schedule for the next day, it is better to stay at “Utoro(ウトロ)” town on the west side of the Shiretoko peninsula. Most inns are concentrated around “Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku”.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities. There are few reasonably priced inns in Shiretoko. However, they all offer excellent food and hot springs, so we recommend that you stay at a better inn in Shiretoko even if you save money on lodging in other towns.
  • 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 and enjoy an Onsen with a magnificent view of the Sea of Okhotsk.
  • 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.

Shiretoko – Lake Akan (知床-阿寒湖) 再利用ブロック化済

Shiretoko – Lake Akan

Start:Shiretoko (知床)
Finish:Lake Akan (阿寒湖)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Shiretoko to Lake Akan through a scenic road.

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1

Inn in Shiretoko

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9:00

The mileage is long and about 200km, and there is no expressway section. Also, since there are many highlight sites, we strongly recommend that you leave around 8 to 9 o’clock.




20 min

2

Shiretoko Five Lakes

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Shiretoko mountain range is seen from the elevated wooden road at Shiretokogoko

9:20

The first destination is Shiretoko Five Lakes, a World Natural Heritage Site. You can stroll along the wooden path while watching Shiretoko’s magnificent mountains and lakes. If you want to see all five lakes, you must take a guided tour, so make a reservation in advance.
If you are lucky, you may also see wild brown bears along the way.

Shiretoko Five lakes



45 min

After leaving Shiretoko, cross the Shiretoko Peninsula and head toward Rausu town.
[Shiretoko Crossing Road] is a very popular route that ranks 13th in the touring course ranking of motorcycle magazines.

Shiretoko Crossing Road leading from Shiretoko Pass

The Shiretoko Pass may be closed depending on the weather. If you can’t cross the Shiretoko Pass, return to the road you ran yesterday and head for Kaiyodai.

3

Lunch

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Kinki-nitsuke (kinki stew) in Shiretoko is (Jun-no-Banya)

12:00

We recommend [Roadside Station Rausu] and [Jun no Banya] for lunch. You can enjoy seafood such as sea urchin, salmon roe, crab, and Kinki(Rare deep-sea fish, very expensive) at a much more reasonable price than in Tokyo or Sapporo. We definitely recommend eating here.

Roadside Station Shiretoko Rausu-MAPCODE 757 353 737
Jun no Banya-MAPCODE 757 353 276




60min

4

Kaiyodai Observatory

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Kaiyodai is a spot where you can feel the vastness of Hokkaido.

14:30

From here, drive along the sea to [Kaiyodai]. After passing through North Route 19, which is a farm road nicknamed Milk Road, there is Kaiyodai, which overlooks grasslands and farmland to the horizon. There is a famous yogurt drink shop nearby, so you can stop by.

Milk Road, a road with a spectacular view leading to Kaiyodai (Route 19, Doboku, Nakashibetsu Town)




80 min

5

Inn in Lake Akan

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16:00
After that, it is a long drive of 85km to Lake Akan, about an hour and a half.
Because of long distance, please take rest at the road sidestation along the way.

Lake Akan, where you stay on this day, is also a famous hot spring resort. Relax in the hot springs and rest your body.




Lake Akan AINU Kotan

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After dinner, depart for a stroll around Lake Akan Ainu Kotan!

19:30

One of the highlights at Lake Akan is [Akan AINU Kotan]. A place where you can experience the culture of the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido, you can not only see their traditional dances every night in the theater but also do shopping in various woodcraft shops.
The theater and shops open till night and you can visit them after dinner.

Ainu dance performed in Ainu Kotan

Ainu Kotan Traditional Dance Schedule



10 min

Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Lake Akan

On this day, you will stay at Lake Akan(阿寒湖) the tiny Onsen town that is famous for “Ainu Kotan”, the village of Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Many inns are concentrated on the south 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, be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Lake Akan – Obihiro (阿寒湖-帯広) 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Akan – Obihiro

Start: Lake Akan(阿寒湖)
Finish: Obihiro (帯広)
Mileage:160km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Lake Akan to Obihiro.

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1

Inn in Lake Akan

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9:00

The mileage is about 160km.




20 min

2

Lake Onneto

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Onneto (lake) in autumn

9:20

The first destination is [Onneto]. It is a beautiful lake famous for its different colors of water depending on the season and time, and it is also a famous spot for autumn leaves.




100min

3

Naitai Highland Farm

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A view as far as the eye can see of the Naitai Kogen Ranch really

12:00

After that, you will head to [Naitai Highland Farm]. It is a 90km long drive from Onneto on a general road for an hour and a half, so please take a break at a roadside station on the way. In particular, Road Station Kamishihoro is one of the most fashionable road stations in Japan, which opened in 2020. From the Naitai Terrace on the farm on the mountain at an altitude of 800m, you can enjoy the best view of Hokkaido overlooking the vast Tokachi Plain.

GPS may not be able to properly direct you to this place. Please follow the below way.
1.Key in MC:679 103 687
2. Turn left at this junction.
3.Key in MC:679 127 048




100min

After leaving Naitai Highland Farm, you will head south toward Obihiro. There is a photo spot with beautiful birch trees along the way, so why not stop by?

Unknown Spot: Shirakaba Namiki (Birch-lined Trees)

Obihiro is famous for its Butadon. The juicy pork grilled over charcoal has a good reputation, and some people come all the way from Sapporo to eat it. Highly recommended.

Obihiro’s lunch is a bowl of pork on rice (butadon ippin honten)

4

Shichiku Garden

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Shichiku Garden

14:45

After lunch, you will drive south on the vast Tokachi Plain to Shichiku Garden. The garden, which was created by an old woman when she was 62 years old and has been built over 20 years, is now a famous place visited by more than 100,000 people a year.




40 min

5

Inn in Obihiro

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16:20

Obihiro is one of the leading cities in Hokkaido. There are many restaurants and food stalls on the north side of the station, so please enjoy dinner while strolling after checking in at the hotel.




There are many other famous places for flowers, autumn leaves, gardens, and museums in Obihiro, so please travel according to the season and taste.

You can also head to Obihiro via Kushiro on this day. The mileage is over 200km, but you can enjoy waking in the vast Kushiro Marsh and seafood at Kushiro Port. In that case, we recommend using the expressway from Kushiro to Obihiro.

Satellite observatory is located on the walking trail of Kushiro Marshland Observatory
Katte-don: a bowl of rice topped with your favorite ingredients (WASHO Marcket)
Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Obihiro

On this day, you will stay in Obihiro (帯広) city located in the center of the vast Tokachi Plain and it is famous for its delicious agricultural products.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Obihiro Station
The inns are concentrated around Obihiro station. Convenient for dinner and walking around Obihiro city but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tokachigawa Onsen(十勝川温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 10km east of Obihiro station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide Onsens. Tokachigawa Onsen is a “Mall spring” which is among only a few places in the world good for skincare.
  • 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 Akan – Kushiro (阿寒湖-釧路) 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Akan – Kushiro

Start: Lake Akan(阿寒湖)
Finish: Kushiro (釧路)
Mileage:100km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will head from Lake Akan to Kushiro through a scenic road.

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Inn in Lake Akan

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10:00

The mileage is about 100km, so you can travel at a relaxing pace.




60 min

2

Kushiroshi Tanchozuru Natural Park

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You can always see about 10 red-crowned cranes at Kushiro City Tantou Crane Nature Park.

11:00

The first destination is [Kushiroshi Tanchozuru Natural Park]. There is a recommended ice cream shop along the way, so please stop by. Tanchozuru (Tancho Crane) Natural Park is a protected area of Tanchozuru, which is also the symbol mark of Japan Airlines, and you can observe elegant cranes all year round.




30 min

3

Kushiro Washo Market

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Katte-don: a bowl of rice topped with your favorite ingredients (WASHO Market)

12:30

After that, you will have lunch at [Kushiro Washo Market] in Kushiro City. Katte Don is famous for being able to eat rice with your favorite seafood selected at the market.




25 min

4

Kushiro Marsh Obsevatory

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The satellite observatory is located on the walking trail of Kushiro Marshland Observatory

14:00

After that, head to today’s highlight, Kushiro Marsh Observatory. Not only the observatory but also 1.1km and 2.5km walking paths are maintained here. Enjoy walking in the nature of the vast Kushiro Marsh.

1.1km and 2.5km wooden walk pass in Kushiro Marsh




50 min

5

Hosooka observatory

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Kushiro Marsh, Hosooka Observatory

16:00

If it’s sunny, head to “Hosooka Observatory”. The mileage will increase by about 50km, but from this observatory located at the eastern end of the marsh, you can see the spectacular sunset over the Kushiro Marsh. This is the most recommended observatory by locals.




35 min

6

Inn in Kushiro

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17:45

For dinner, we recommend Robatayaki BBQ at “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO”.

Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Kushiro

On this day, you will stay in Kushiro city(Kushiro) which is famous for its fishing port and fresh seafood. The inns are concentrated around “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO” to Kushiro station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Kushiro – Obihiro (釧路-帯広) 再利用ブロック化済

Kushiro – Obihiro

Start: Kushiro(釧路)
Finish: Obihiro (帯広)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Kushiro to Obihiro.

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Inn in Kushiro

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9:30

The mileage is as long as 200km, but half of it is an expressway so you can travel without rushing.




120min

2

Ikeda Wine Castle

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Ikeda Wine Castle

11:30

There is not many spots to see from Kushiro to the Obihiro area. Let’s drive 100km on the expressway(E38) to “Ikeda Wine Castle”. This is the most famous winery in Hokkaido, and you can see the inside of a brewery that imitates a castle in medieval Europe.




20min

After Wine Castle, you will head west to Obihiro. There is a small observatory called [Tokachigaoka Observatory] along the way.

Tokachigaoka Observation Hill

For lunch in Obihiro, we recommend the famous Butadon(Pork on the rice). The juicy pork grilled over charcoal has a good reputation, and some people come all the way from Sapporo to eat it.

Obihiro’s lunch is a bowl of pork on rice (butadon ippin honten)

3

Shichiku Garden

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Shichiku Garden

14:25

In the afternoon, you will drive south on the vast Tokachi Plain to Shichiku Garden. The garden, which was created by an old woman when she was 62 years old and has been built over 20 years, is now a famous place visited by more than 100,000 people a year.




20 min

4

Shinarashiyama Sky Park Observatory

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New Arashiyama Sky Park Observation Deck

15:30

The final destination of the day is Shinarashiyama Sky Park. From the observatory here, you can overlook the Tokachi Plain, the vast agricultural area you drove today.




40 min

5

Inn in Obihiro

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17:20

Obihiro is one of the leading cities in Hokkaido. There are many restaurants and food stalls on the north side of the station, so please enjoy dinner while strolling after checking in at the hotel.




There are many flowers, autumn foliage spots, gardens, and museums on the route of the day. The map will show you where to see the best time to travel, so visit your liking.

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.

[Drive Map] Kushiro – Obihiro (釧路-帯広) – Google マイマップ
Kushiro – Obihiro (釧路-帯広)

Where to stay in Obihiro

On this day, you will stay in Obihiro (帯広) city located in the center of the vast Tokachi Plain and it is famous for its delicious agricultural products.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Obihiro Station
The inns are concentrated around Obihiro station. Convenient for dinner and walking around Obihiro city but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tokachigawa Onsen(十勝川温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 10km east of Obihiro station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide an Onsen. Tokachigawa Onsen is a “Mall spring” which is among only a few places in the world good for skincare.
  • 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.

Obihiro – SapporoChitose (帯広-札幌) 再利用ブロック化済

Obihiro – Sapporo or Chitose

Start: Obihiro(帯広)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose Airport (札幌or千歳)
Mileage:
To Sapporo: 210km
To Chitose Arirpot: 180km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Obihiro to New Chitose Airport or Sapporo.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Obihiro

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9:00

The mileage is as long as 210km to Sapporo. About 140km of this is an expressway trip, but we recommend that you depart between 8:00 and 9:00 because it’s a long-distance drive. We recommend leaving as early as possible, especially if you want to go to Otaru, as most stores close at 17:00.
If you plan to fly from New Chitose Airport on this day, please see the end of the article.




10 min

2

Mugioto Bakery

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Bakery MUGIOTO with a nice cafe space in the back.

9:10

First of all, in the morning, we recommend the wonderful bakery [Mugioto Bakery] located 4km south of Obihiro. You can have breakfast on the terrace, or take it out to eat in the car as it’s a long way to go on this day.

Shintoku Town, north of Obihiro, is a soba-producing region, so Shintoku Soba is also recommended for lunch.

Shintoku soba




80 min

3

Sahoro resort Bear Mountain

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Sahoro Resort Bear Mountain, where you can see brown bears in safari style.

11:00

After that, head to [Sahoro Resort Bear Mountain]. There are several places in Hokkaido where you can see brown bears, but this is the most recommended because you can see bears living in a natural way on a private bus in a safari park format.




170min

It is 130km, about 2 hours, by expressway from here to New Chitose Airport, and another 30km from there to Sapporo. As it is long, please take a break in the parking area on the way. For those who want to enjoy shopping, we also recommend stopping by “Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima”.

Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima

4

Rental car branch at New Chitose Airport or Sapporo

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16:20
This concludes your Hokkaido road trip.

①Returning a car at New Chitose Airport
When heading to New Chitose Airport, 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.

②Returning a car in Sapporo
When you return to Sapporo, the distance from the airport is about 60 km, 1 hour. Please 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.

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!




It is also possible to go to the charming canal town [Otaru] on this day.
However, it takes 2 hours for a round trip from Sapporo to Otaru byn the expressway. Most shops in Otaru close at 17:00. Please make sure to arrive at Otaru by 15:00 at the latest.

Otaru Canal
Otaru’s main street “Sakai-cho Hon-dori”

Also, at dusk, [Mt. Moiwayama] 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

Lastly, if you don’t mind being active early in the morning, we highly recommend going to the “Unkai Terrace(雲海テラス)” at the famous Hoshino Resort Tomamu. This is one of Hokkaido’s best viewing spots for the sea of clouds and is open only for about five months from early May to early October every year. In addition, you can enjoy the fantastic sea of clouds to the fullest with all the facilities.
To get to Unkai Terrace, you need to use the Unkai Gondola. It is not accessible by car or on foot. As an example for 2022, the open hours of the gondola for the ascending direction are as follows.
[Period A] May11-31 5:00-7:00
[Period B] Jun1-Aug31, Oct1-14 5:00-8:00
[Period C] Sep1-30 4:30-8:00

You can go to Unkai Terrace even if you are not a guest of Hoshino Resort.
It is very crowded and if you want to visit here at sunrise, it is highly recommended to arrive at the gondola platform 30 min before the first departure time and to wait in line. Therefore, be sure to use the expressway from Obihiro to Tomamu (1 hour and 10 min drive). The MAPCODE for parking in front of the gondola is 608 510 333.

Unkai Terrace
Cloud Bar
Sky Wedge
Driving Map For the Day
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 accommodations 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.

Asahikawa-Sapporo/Chitose (旭川-札幌) 再利用ブロック化済

Asahikawa – Sapporo or Chitose

Start: Asahikawa(旭川)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose Airport (札幌or千歳)
Mileage:
To Sapporo: 200km
To Chitose Arirpot: 240km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport or Sapporo.

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1

Inn in Asahikawa

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9:00
The mileage is as long as 200km to Sapporo. About 140km of this is an expressway trip, but we recommend that you depart between 8:00 and 9:00 because it’s long-distance driving. Especially if you want to go to Otaru, please be careful that most stores there close at 17:00.
If you plan to fly from New Chitose Airport on this day, please see the end of the article.




30 min

2

Asahiyama Zoo

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Asahiyama Zoo. Allow 2 hours for a visit.

9:30

The most famous thing in Asahikawa is [Asahiyama Zoo]!
It is 10 km from Asahikawa city.

There are the following parking lots.
Main gate 1st parking(Free 65 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
Main gate 2nd parking(Free 125 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
East gate parking(Free 300 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 881




125min

There are not many attractions from Asahikawa to Sapporo, so it is recommended to move directly on the Hokkaido Expressway(E5). It takes about 2 hours, so please take a break at Parking Area on the way.

3

Ishiya Chocolate factory(Shiroi Koibito Park)

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Shiroi Koibito Park is very popular with children

14:05

If you drive west from Sapporo for about 30 minutes, you will find [Ishiya Chocolate factory (Shiroi Koibito Park)].
It is great for buying Hokkaido famous souvenir “White Lover Chocolate”.




35 min

4

Mt.Moiwayama

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The vast night view of Sapporo from Mt.MOIWA

15:45

Also, at dusk, we recommend Mt.Moiwayama. You can enjoy a vast night view from the observatory overlooking Sapporo, the largest town in Hokkaido.




35 min

5

Rental car branch at Sapporo or New Chitose Airport

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17:20
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!




It is also possible to go to [Otaru] on this day.
However, it takes 2 hours for a round trip from Sapporo to Otaru on the expressway. Even if you leave Asahikawa first thing in the morning and head straight, you will arrive at noon in Otaru, so please pay attention to the time allocation.

Otaru Canal

There are also famous spots for Kokia and sunflowers along the drive route of the day. In particular, [Hokuryu Sunflower Village] is the number one sunflower field in Japan, so it is worth giving priority to this when traveling in August. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

The largest field of sunflowers in Japan, Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town (the best time to visit is early August)

Driving Map For the Day
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.

Hokodate-Hakodate(函館-函館) 再利用ブロック化済

Hakodate – Hakodate

Start:Hakodate (函館)
Finish:Hakodate (函館)
Mileage:18km
Travel Pace:Relaxed

On this day, you will stay overnight in Hakodate following yesterday.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Hakodate

Parking MAPCODE:

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10:00

This day is centered on sightseeing in the city, and the mileage is short at about 18km, so you can take it easy.




10 min

2

Goryokaku Park&Tower

Parking MAPCODE:

86 135 897What is MAPCODE?

View from the Goryokaku Tower.

11:30

The first stop of the day is Goryokaku Park & Tower. This place is the first western-style castle in Japan surrounded by a star-shaped moat. From the observatory of the tower, you can enjoy not only Goryokaku Park, but also a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and Hakodate Bay.

There is the Lucky Pierrot Goryokaku Park Branch next to the parking lot, so it is highly recommended having lunch there. Lucky Pierrot is a crazy burger shop chain in Hakodate.

Lucky Pierrot is very famous in Hakodate.




20 min

3

Hakodate Motomachi Area

Parking MAPCODE:

86 040 622What is MAPCODE?

Hachiman-Zaka Slope in Motomachi Area.

12:30

Next, you will head south and explore the Hakodate Motomachi Area. Hakodate was one of the first cities to open its ports after a long period of national isolation, and in this area you can see the Western-style buildings of each country that were built about 150 years ago. The main recommended spots are as follows.
●Former British Consulate
●Hakodate magistrate’s office ruins
●Former Souma House
●Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
●Funatama Shrine
●Hakodate Orthodox Church
●Hachiman-Zaka Slope

If you get tired of walking, there are many stylish cafes, so please take a rest.




5 min

4

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse

Parking MAPCODE:

86 041 707What is MAPCODE?

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse which is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hakodate city.

14:30

After exploring the Motomachi Area, please head to the Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse. This is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hakodate city. There are many shops and cafes in old warehouses.




20 min

5

Trappistine Convent

Parking MAPCODE:

86 143 110What is MAPCODE?

Trappistine Convent is the first convent in Japan.

16:00

Next, you will head to the Trappistine Convent, which is the first convent in Japan. The lovable structure of the convent is offset by the lovely scenery and the proximity to the ocean and the cliffs in the distance. The cookies here are delicious and famous.




25 min

6

Cape Tachimachi

Parking MAPCODE:

951 296 177What is MAPCODE?

Cape Tachimachi that is a scenic cliffside area.

17:30

If you have time and want to see the Sea of Hakodate, we recommend going to Cape Tachimachi, which is a scenic cliffside area. If the weather is nice and the air is clear, you can see Honshu (the main island of Japan) across the sea.




10 min

7

Inn at Hakodate

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

18:20

On this day, you will stay in Hakodate for consecutive nights following the previous day. Please relax and enjoy the night in Hakodate.




In the morning in Hakodate, it is recommended to go to the famous Hakodate Morning Market and have breakfast.

Squid is a must at Hakodate morning market

Also, for those who want to drive around the suburbs of Hakodate instead of sightseeing in the city on this day, we recommend the following places.

Onuma Quasi-National Park is a very beautiful lake with a walking trail and a boat cruise.

The small islands of Onuma National Park are connected by 18 bridges and can be explored.

In Esashi, the battleship which was owned by the Edo Shogunate is on display, and you can also see the torii gate standing in the sea like Itsukushima shrine.

Kaiyo Maru, a warship owned by the Edo Shogunate.

During the spring cherry blossom season (End Apr-Mid May), you can enjoy the collaboration of cherry blossoms and the castle at Matsumae Castle.

Matsumae Castle is especially recommended during the cherry blossom season.

Mizunashi Kaihin Hot Spring is also recommended during the warmer months. Here is a magical place where rocky shores turn into hot springs at low tide. Please bring your bathing suit.

Mizunashi Kaihin Hot Spring is a hot spring in the sea.
Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Hakodate – Hakodate (函館 – 函館) – Google マイマップ
Hokkaido メイン(20180921~)

Where to stay in Hakodate

On this day, you will stay in Hakodate(函館) city which is famous for its magnificent night view and morning market. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Hakodate Morning Market
Most of the highlights in Hakodate are located near the Hakodate Morning Market and it is very convenient for sightseeing. However, there is no Onsen in this area.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking, but the parking lot fee will be charged separately in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    Inns around the morning market don’t provide an onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants for dinner. It is also a good idea to have breakfast at “Hakodate Morning Market”. Therefore, booking a plan with breakfast or without meals is fine.

②Yunokawa Onsen(湯の川温泉) area
This area is located 5km east of the center of Hakodate and near Hakodate airport.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen.
  • 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 few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Furano -Furano(富良野-富良野) 再利用ブロック化済

Furano -Furano

Start: Furano (富良野)
Finish:
Furano (富良野)
Mileage:
80km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

On this day, you will stay in Furano for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

10:00
The mileage on this day is about 80km, so you can travel comfortably.




5min

2

Furano Marche

Parking MAPCODE:

349 001 745What is MAPCODE?

10:05

Furano has many attractions. First of all, you will head to the [Furano Marche]. This is a vast and diverse facility, but we especially recommend the shops and cafes that offer freshly made sweets and freshly baked bread. How about a slightly late breakfast with freshly baked delicious bread?




20min

3

Farm Tomita

Parking MAPCODE:

349 276 713What is MAPCODE?

11:20

Furano’s synonymous Farm Tomita’s lavender fields

Next, you will visit the very popular [Farm Tomita]. Lavender from mid-July to early August is very famous, but at other times, various flowers such as poppies and lupines bloom, and you can fully enjoy it from mid-April to mid-October.




40min

4

Mt.Tokachi Bogakudai Observatory

Parking MAPCODE:

796 093 404What is MAPCODE?

13:00

Mt.Tokachi Bogakudai Observatory

After that, you will head to [Mt. Tokachi Bogakudai Observatory]. This observatory is located at the bottom of Mt. Tokachi and you can look down, and see Furano town’s panoramic scenery. It is a very good spot to see autumn-colored leaves.




10min

5

Shirahigenotaki Falls

Parking MAPCODE:

796 182 482What is MAPCODE?

14:00

Shirahige Water Falls, with the same vivid blue color as the blue pond

Next, you will head to [Shirahigenotaki Falls]. You can see a lot of bluish water around here, and the Biei River where this Shirahige Waterfall flows down is one of the typical “blue rivers”. The waterfalls descend in dozens of thin threads and can be viewed from the Blue River Bridge.




5min

6

Blue Pond

Parking MAPCODE:

349 569 454What is MAPCODE?

15:00

Blue Pond is known worldwide

The last stop of the day is the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as a wallpaper for Mac on Apple Computer.




50min

7

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

16:45

Furano has a limited number of shops that are open until late at night. It is recommended to include a supper when booking the inn or to go to the inn after having supper.




Near the drive route of the day, there are famous places of Kokia, Linaria, and lavender. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

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.

[Drive Map] Furano -Furano (富良野-富良野) – Google マイマップ
Hokkaido メイン(20180921~)

Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for its beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and is convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Shiretoko-Shiretoko(知床-知床) 再利用ブロック化済

Shiretoko-Shiretoko

Start: Shiretoko (知床)
Finish:
Shiretoko (知床)
Mileage:
30km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Shiretoko

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

10:00
The mileage on this day is about 30km, so you can travel comfortably.




5min

2

Shiretoko Sightseeing Ships

Parking MAPCODE:

894 854 613What is MAPCODE?

10:05

The landscape of Shiretoko and the Sightseeing Ship is named Aurora.

The first sightseeing of the day is [Shiretoko Sightseeing Ships]. From mid-April to mid-November, sightseeing ship cruises are operated along the western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula. You can see Shiretoko, a World Heritage Site, from the sea. Several companies operate ships, but we recommend Aurora, a large ship. Also, there are two types of courses, but the short course, which takes about two hours, is recommended.
The first 3 sightseeing sites are very close, so you can park your car at [Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku] and walk to these 3 sightseeing sites.




1min

3

Oronko Rock Observatory

Parking MAPCODE:

894 854 431What is MAPCODE?

12:30

The view from Oronko Rock in Shiretoko

After enjoying the Shiretoko cruise, please enjoy the spectacular Shiretoko views from the [Oronko Rock Observatory].
The path leading up to the observatory is narrow and steep, so please be careful when climbing.




3min

4

Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku

Parking MAPCODE:

894 824 880What is MAPCODE?

13:15

Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku

For lunch on this day, we recommend [Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku]. You can easily enjoy a wide variety of meals.




20min

5

Shiretoko Five Lakes

Parking MAPCODE:

757 730 727What is MAPCODE?

14:30

Shiretoko mountain range is seen from the elevated wooden road at Shiretokogoko

Your final stop of the day is the [Shiretoko Five Lakes]. The Shiretoko Five Lakes are five mystical lakes nestled in a virgin forest against the backdrop of the Shiretoko mountain range. It is also a habitat for many wild animals. It is known as a scenic spot that symbolizes the world’s natural heritage Shiretoko, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery such as the sea, forests, mountains, and lakes all at once.




20min

6

Inn in Shiretoko

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:00

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko for the second consecutive night. Please spend a relaxing time in Shiretoko, a World Heritage site.




Driving Map For The Day
Where to stay in Shiretoko

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko(知床). Because of the schedule for the next day, it is better to stay at “Utoro(ウトロ)” town on the west side of the Shiretoko peninsula. Most inns are concentrated around “Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku”.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities. There are few reasonably priced inns in Shiretoko. However, they all offer excellent food and hot springs, so we recommend that you stay at a better inn in Shiretoko even if you save money on lodging in other towns.
  • 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 and enjoy onsen with a magnificent view of the Sea of Okhotsk.
  • 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.

Otaru–Otaru(小樽-小樽) 再利用ブロック化済

Otaru-Otaru

Start: Otaru (小樽)
Finish:
Otaru (小樽)
Mileage:
60km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

On this day, you will stay in Otaru for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Otaru

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

10:00
The mileage on this day is about 55km, so you can travel comfortably.




35min

2

Nitori Sightseeing Orchard

Parking MAPCODE:

164 578 731What is MAPCODE?

10:35

grape picking

The first stop of the day is the [Nitori Sightseeing Orchard]. This is a very famous orchard and is highly recommended to visit. Depending on when you visit and the time of year, you will have different types of fruit to pick.

strawberry picking




45min

3

Old Aoyama Villa(Aoyama Bettei)

Parking MAPCODE:

493 811 525What is MAPCODE?

12:20

The Aoyama Villa is called the Herring Palace. The gorgeous indoor space is a must-see.

Next, you will head to [Old Villa (Bettei)] which is a very beautiful old home with a nice pretty Japanese garden. This villa has become a symbol of herring fishing and the Aoyama family was very successful because of the herring. The villa has a very lavish style and took 6 years to be completed. You can sit back and relax with a coffee at the Villa’s restaurant, Kihinkan(貴賓館).




15min

4

Otaru City

Parking MAPCODE:

493 661 486What is MAPCODE?

13:30

Otaru Canal at night

Next, you will head to Otaru. For parking in Otaru, please use the hotel where you plan to stay or [Otaru City Parking (小樽駐車場)].
In Otaru city, you will be sightseeing on foot. Here are some spots you will be interested to visit: the area around the “Otaru Canal” and the “Sakaimachi-dori shopping street” are the main areas.
●[Otaru Canal] is a symbol of the city and a must spot. You can also have a fantastic and romantic time on a popular canal cruise.
●[Canal Plaza] (Otaru City Tourist Product Plaza)—Otaru is known as the city of glass, and representative works of art will be displayed in the Canal Plaza.
●[Denuki Koji]—A food stall village located at the Asakusabashi crossing of the Otaru Canal. You can climb the symbolic fire tower for free, and you can also see the beautiful Otaru Canal and the Otaru sea.
●[Taisho Glass Hall Main Store] displays and sells hand-made glass, mainly Japanese-style glassware.
●[Kitaichi Glass No. 3 Building] is a renovated stone warehouse that was built as a fishery warehouse and is designated as an Otaru Historic Building. The store offers a wide variety of glass products, from every day glasses and tableware to accessories that are perfect for gifts.
[Night Light] is installed at the “Marchen Crossroads” and is a reproduction of the wooden lighthouse on the hill in Nobukacho, Otaru City during the Meiji period.
●The [Steam Clock] installed in front of the Otaru Music Box Museum ticks the time with white smoke and a steam whistle every 15 minutes.

The Steam Clock installed in front of the Otaru Music Box Museum

●The 3-story brick building [Music Box Museum] is a music box specialty store that boasts a large number of items.




5min

5

Inn in Otaru

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:30

You will stay in Otaru for the second consecutive night. Please spend a relaxing night in Otaru on the second day.




If you are traveling with children, the [Otaru Aquarium] is also recommended. The Otaru Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Hokkaido, visited by 350,000 people a year. Starting with the fun dolphin show, the feeding time for the seals is a must-see.

Otaru Aquarium

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.

[Drive Map] Otaru – Otaru (小樽-小樽) – Google マイマップ
Otaru – Otaru (小樽-小樽)

Where to stay in Otaru

On this day, you will stay in Otaru city(小樽) which is famous for its canal and Sushi. Many inns are concentrated between Otaru Station and the canal. It is more convenient for sightseeing to stay as close to “Sakaimachi hondori street” as possible.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Lake Toya-Lake Toya(洞爺湖-洞爺湖) 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Toya-Lake Toya

Start:Lake Toya(洞爺湖)
Finish:
Lake Toya(洞爺湖)
Mileage:
40km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

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

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Lake Toya

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

10:00
The mileage on this day is about 40km, so you can travel comfortably.




10min

2

Nishiyama Craters Walking Trail

Parking MAPCODE:

321 516 111What is MAPCODE?

10:10

Your first stop of the day is the [Nishiyama Craters Walking Trail]. This is a crater created by the eruption of Mt. Usu in 2000, and you can see buildings damaged by crustal movements and volcanic rocks up close.




20min

3

Sobetsu Fruit Village

Parking MAPCODE:

321 498 697What is MAPCODE?

apple picking

11:30

Next, you will head to [Sobetsu Fruit Village]. This village is near Roadside Station Sobetsu, so park your car here. You can also have a light meal here. There are 17 orchards affiliated with Fruit Village, and you can enjoy picking fruits such as cherries in July and grapes, apples, and prunes in the autumn.

cherry picking
grape picking




20min

4

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

Parking MAPCODE:

321 433 439What is MAPCODE?

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

13:45

Next, you will head to [Mt. Usu Ropeway]. There is an observatory at the summit station and a cafe terrace where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.
After descending the mountain on the ropeway, stop by the [Bear Farm] near Sanroku Station. You can observe brown bears up close to a concrete human cage (special observation room). You can also buy bear food from vending machines.

The bear farm is located right next to the ropeway station




10min

5

Inn in Lake Toya

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

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.




If you are traveling with children, it might be a good idea to stop by [Rusutsu Resort]. Among the various attractions on the vast site, the amusement park is especially recommended as it boasts the largest scale in Hokkaido. From roller coasters to attractions that small children can enjoy, there are plenty to choose from.

Rusutsu resort is the biggest theme park in Hokkaido

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 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.

Asahikawa-Otaru(旭川-小樽) 再利用ブロック化済

Asahikawa – Otaru

Start: Asahikawa (旭川)
Finish: Otaru (小樽)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day, you will head from Asahikawa to Otaru.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Asahikawa

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is about 200km to Otaru. Although you can drive most of the part by expressway, it is a long distance and the travel pace will be fast.




30 min

2

Arashiyama Park Observatory

Parking MAPCODE:

79 456 019What is MAPCODE?

Arashiyama Park Observatory, a little-known spot in Asahikawa

9:30
Your first stop for the day is [Arashiyama Park Observatory] which is not so popular. But if the weather is nice, you can see panoramic scenery with Asahikawa city and the amazing Daisetsuzan mountain range.




120min

3

Ishiya Chocolate factory(Shiroi Koibito Park)

Parking MAPCODE:

9 602 296What is MAPCODE?

Shiroi Koibito Park is very popular with children

12:00

After that, take the expressway (E5) to Sapporo direction. It is about 150 km from Asahikawa to Sapporo and takes about 2 hours. There are not many spots to see and take the expressway(E5). It is a long journey and please take a rest at Service Area (SA) along the expressway.
Just after Sapporo, there is [Ishiya Chocolate Factory (Shiroi Koibito Park)], which is well-known as a museum and factory of “White Lover Chocolate”.

Near the Shiroi Koibito Park, there is [Sapporo market outside market], where you can buy various seafood, fruits, and souvenirs, so nice to stop by. If you haven’t had lunch yet, it is also a good place to have a fresh seafood lunch.

Sapporo Wholesale Market is a cheap place to buy marine products, sweets, and other Hokkaido souvenirs.
Grilled king crab




30min

4

Otaru City

Parking MAPCODE:

493 661 486 or walk from your innWhat is MAPCODE?

Otaru Canal

13:30

Next, you will head to Otaru. Please take a walk on Sakaimachihondori(境町本通り), which is the main street of [Otaru]. There are many attractions such as various sweets shops and the main building of Otaru Music Box Museum.

Otaru’s main street “Sakai-cho Hon-dori”

It is also recommended to eat famous Sushi.

If you want to go all out, you’re going to have to go out of your way to eat delicious sushi.




5min

5

Inn in Otaru

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

17:30

Otaru is your accommodation on this day. Please enjoy a stroll and Otaru sushi dinner with a spectacular night view of the canal.




There are also famous spots for Kokia and sunflowers along the drive route of the day.
In particular, [Sunflower field in Hokuryu town] is one of the best sunflower fields in Japan, so it is worth giving priority to this when traveling in August. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

The largest field of sunflowers in Japan, Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town (the best time to visit is early August)

Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Otaru

On this day, you will stay in Otaru city(小樽) which is famous for its canal and Sushi. Many inns are concentrated between Otaru Station and the canal. It is more convenient for sightseeing to stay as close to “Sakaimachi hondori street” as possible.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Asahikawa-Furano(旭川-富良野) 再利用ブロック化済

Asahikawa – Furano

Start: Asahikawa (旭川)
Finish: Furano(富良野)
Mileage:100km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will leave Asahikawa and drive through the beautiful hills of Furano and Biei to Furano.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Asahikawa

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9:00

The mileage is about 60 to 100km, so you can travel at relaxing pace.




15 min

2

Asahiyama Zoo

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Asahiyama Zoo. Allow 2 hours for a visit.

9:30

The most famous zoo in Hokkaido, [Asahiyama Zoo], can be reached in 30 minutes from Asahikawa.

There are the following parking lots:
Main gate 1st parking(Free 65 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
Main gate 2nd parking(Free 125 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
East gate parking(Free 300 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 881

Please be careful that Asahiyama zoo closes very early.

Beg May – Mid-Oct 9:30-17:15 (Last Entry 16:00)
Mid-Oct – Beg Nov 9:30-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)
Mid-Nov – Beg Apr 10:30-15:30 (Last Entry 15:00)

If you would like to enjoy Asahiyama zoo at a relaxing pace, please consider staying one more night.




30 min

3

Blue Pond

Parking MAPCODE:

349 569 454What is MAPCODE?

blue pond

12:30

After that, you will head to the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as a wallpaper for Mac on Apple Computer.

On the way to Blue Pond, there is a road you should definitely take. It is a farm road called [Fujino Loute 2 (Daini)]. You can drive through the beautiful hills for 7km. This is a secret scenic road that Drive Japan luckily found that is not listed in guidebooks. There are no signs, so please refer to the MAPCODE on the drive map.

Image of the scene from Fujino No. 2 agricultural road

The Shirahige Falls is near Blue Pond. It is not well known, but it is worth a visit as well.

Shirahige Water Falls, with the same vivid blue color as the blue pond




20 min

4

Shikisai no Oka

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349 701 217What is MAPCODE?

14:30

Shikisai-no-oka in Biei (season of September)

After that, you will head to the biggest highlight of the day [Shikisai no Oka]. The colorful flower fields on the vast hills will be a lifetime memory. You can enjoy it from the end of May to the end of October, but especially in September, and October, it is a wonderful place to visit.




25 min

5

Farm Tomita

Parking MAPCODE:

349 276 713What is MAPCODE?

Furano’s synonymous with Farm Tomita’s lavender fields

16:00

Your last destination of the day is [Farm Tomita]. Lavender from mid-July to early August is very famous. Various flowers such as poppies and lupines bloom at other times, and you can fully enjoy them from mid-April to mid-October.

On the way to Farm Tomita, please go through the [Roller Coaster Road]. The 4.5km straight road that repeats ups and downs is a unique road named like a roller coaster.

Roller Coaster Road




25 min

6

Inn in Furano

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17:30

Furano has a limited number of shops that are open until late at night. It is recommended to include a supper when booking the inn or to go to the inn after having supper.




Along the drive route of the day, there are famous places of Kokia, Linaria, and lavender. Please refer to the drive map and visit the place that suits your travel time.

Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for its beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and is convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Furano-Sapporo/Chitose(富良野-札幌/千歳) 再利用ブロック化済

Furano – Sapporo or Chitose

Start: Furano (富良野)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose Airport (札幌or千歳)
Mileage: 140km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Furano to New Chitose Airport.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Furano

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9:00

The mileage is about 140km. Depending on your fright schedule, you might skip some sightseeing sites we recommend here.




15 min

2

Farm Tomita

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349 276 713What is MAPCODE?

Furano’s synonymous with Farm Tomita’s lavender fields

9:15

Your first destination of the day is [Farm Tomita] if you haven’t been there. Lavender from mid-July to early August is very famous, but at other times, various flowers such as poppies and lupines bloom, and you can fully enjoy it from mid-April to mid-October.




40min

3

Sandantaki Falles

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450 033 647What is MAPCODE?

11:00

Sandanaki Waterfall

Next, you will head to [Sandantaki Falles]. The waterfall proceeds in three stages (the name translates to a three-tiered waterfall) with rock formations creating interesting contrasts and a background of lush green forest adding even more depth.You can enjoy the autumn-colored leaves too.




90min

4

Kacha Ice Cream & Restaurant

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230 297 851What is MAPCODE?

Various flavors of gelato

13:30

Hokkaido is known for its delicious ice cream. It might be a good idea to drop by [Kacha Ice Cream & Restaurant]. Find and enjoy your favorites from various flavors of ice cream. If you haven’t had lunch yet, you can also enjoy kiln-baked pizza and curry.

If you are traveling in June and July, [Roadside Station Yubari Merodo] is another ideal spot for a break. You can enjoy seasonal Yubari melons at a reasonable price there.

Yuubari melon (sweet orange melon grown in Yuubari City, Hokkaido)




15min

5

Rental car branch at Sapporo or New Chitose Airport

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15:00
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.
You would love to try soup curry in Sapporo!




Driving Map For the Day
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 accommodations 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 are some hotels in and around the airport.
Once you return the car, the 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.

Obihiro-Obihiro(帯広-帯広) 再利用ブロック化済

Obihiro – Obihiro

Start: Obihiro (帯広)
Finish: Obihiro (帯広)
Mileage:80km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will stay in Obihiro for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Obihiro

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10:00

The mileage is about 80km, so you don’t need to leave early.




40 min

2

Tokachigaoka Observatory

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369 667 545What is MAPCODE?

Tokachigaoka Observatory, a hidden gem in Tokachi plain

10:40

Your first destination of the day is [Tokachigaoka Observatory]. This observatory is small but well worth the visit. The view from the observatory is spectacular




25min

3

Tokachi Hills

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124 419 259What is MAPCODE?

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in Tokachi Hills.

12:05

Next, you will head to [Tokachi Hills] which is one of the most beautiful gardens in Hokkaido. The Tokachi Hills provide a spectacular view of Tokachi.

Obihiro is famous for its Butadon. The juicy pork grilled over charcoal has a good reputation, and some people come all the way from Sapporo to eat it. Highly recommended for lunch.

Obihiro’s lunch is a bowl of pork on rice (butadon ippin honten)




30min

4

Shichiku Garden

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Shichiku Garden

15:00

After lunch, you will drive to [Shichiku Garden]. The garden, which was created by an old woman when she was 62 years old and has been built for over 20 years, is now a famous place visited by more than 100,000 people a year.




40 min

5

Inn in Obihiro

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17:00

Obihiro is one of the leading cities in Hokkaido. There are many restaurants and food stalls on the north side of the station, so please enjoy dinner while strolling after checking in at the hotel.




There are many other famous places for flowers, autumn leaves, gardens, and museums in Obihiro, so please travel according to the season and taste. If you are traveling in October, [Iwanai Senkyo Gorge] is highly recommended.

Autumn leaves of Iwanai Senkyo Gorge
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.

[Drive Map] Obihiro – Obihiro (帯広-帯広) – Google マイマップ
Hokkaido メイン(20180921~)

Where to stay in Obihiro

On this day, you will stay in Obihiro (帯広) city located in the center of the vast Tokachi Plain and it is famous for its delicious agricultural products.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Obihiro Station
The inns are concentrated around Obihiro station. Convenient for dinner and walking around Obihiro City, but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tokachigawa Onsen(十勝川温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 10km east of Obihiro station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with an onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide onsens. Tokachigawa Onsen is a “Mall spring” which is among only a few places in the world good for skin care.
  • 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.

Otaru-Furano(小樽-富良野) 再利用ブロック化済

Otaru – Furano

Start: Otaru (小樽)
Finish: Furano (富良野)
Mileage:160km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day, you will head from Otaru to Furano.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Otaru

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9:00

The mileage is about km 160 to Furano. Although you can drive most of the part by expressway, it is a long distance and the travel pace will be fast.




5 min

2

Otaru City

Parking MAPCODE:

493 661 486What is MAPCODE?

9:05

Otaru Canal

First thing in the morning, please go to places in Otaru city that you couldn’t go to the day before. For parking in Otaru, please use the hotel where you stayed or [Otaru City Parking (小樽駐車場)].
In Otaru city, you will be sightseeing on foot. Here are some spots you will be interested to visit: the area around the “Otaru Canal” and the “Sakaimachi-dori shopping street” are the main areas.

After this, you will need to take a long drive to Furano, so please finish your tour of Otaru by noon at the latest and head to your next destination.

Otaru’s main street “Sakaimachi-dori”

[Otaru Canal] is a symbol of the city and a must spot. You can also have a fantastic and romantic time on a popular canal cruise.
[Canal Plaza] (Otaru City Tourist Product Plaza)—Otaru is known as the city of glass, and representative works of art will be displayed in the Canal Plaza.
[Denuki Koji]—A food stall village located at the Asakusabashi crossing of the Otaru Canal. You can climb the symbolic fire tower for free, and you can also see the beautiful Otaru Canal and the Otaru sea.
[Taisho Glass Hall Main Store] displays and sells hand-made glass, mainly Japanese-style glassware.
[Kitaichi Glass No. 3 Building] is a renovated stone warehouse that was built as a fishery warehouse and is designated as an Otaru Historic Building. The store offers a wide variety of glass products, from everyday glasses and tableware to accessories that are perfect for gifts.
[Night Light] is installed at the “Marchen Crossroads” and is a reproduction of the wooden lighthouse on the hill in Nobukacho, Otaru City during the Meiji period.
●The [Steam Clock] installed in front of the Otaru Music Box Museum ticks the time with white smoke and a steam whistle every 15 minutes.

The Steam Clock installed in front of the Otaru Music Box Museum

●The 3-story brick building [Music Box Museum] is a music box specialty store that boasts a large number of items.




5min

3

Ishiya Chocolate factory(Shiroi Koibito Park)

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9 602 296What is MAPCODE?

Shiroi Koibito Park is very popular with children

12:30

Next, you will head to [Ishiya Chocolate Factory (Shiroi Koibito Park)], which is well-known as a museum and factory of “White Lover Chocolate”.

Near the Shiroi Koibito Park, there is [Sapporo market outside market], where you can buy various seafood, fruits, and souvenirs, so nice to stop by. If you haven’t had lunch yet, it is also a good place to have a fresh seafood lunch.

Sapporo Wholesale Market is a cheap place to buy marine products, sweets, and other Hokkaido souvenirs.
Grilled king crab




90min

4

Sandantaki Falles

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450 033 647What is MAPCODE?

15:00

Sandanaki Waterfall

After that, take the expressway (E5) to Asahikawa direction. It is about 130 km from Sapporo to Furano and takes about 2 hours. There are not many spots to see and take the expressway(E5). It is a long journey and please take a rest at Service Area (SA) along the expressway.
Your next destination is [Sandantaki Falles]. The waterfall proceeds in three stages (the name translates to a three-tiered waterfall) with rock formations creating interesting contrasts and a background of lush green forest adding even more depth. You can enjoy the autumn-colored leaves too.




40min

5

Ningle Terrace

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919 553 423What is MAPCODE?

16:30

ningle terrace

[Ningle Terrace] is recommended. You can buy various works by local artists such as crafts and accessories at the log houses lined up in the woods.

It opens till 20:45 so it is also okay to visit after dinner.




10min

6

Inn in Furano

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17:40

Furano has a limited number of shops that are open until late at night. It is recommended to include a supper when booking the inn or to go to the inn after having supper.




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.

[Drive Map] Otaru-Furano (小樽-富良野) – Google マイマップ
Otaru-Furano (小樽-富良野)

Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for its beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and is convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Winter

Sapporo/Chitose – Asahikawa(札幌千歳-旭川) 冬 再利用ブロック化済

Sapporo or Chitose – Asahikawa(Sample)

Start: Sapporo or Chitose (札幌or千歳)
Finish: Asahikawa (旭川)
Mileage:
From Sapporo: 180km
From Chitose Arirpot: 200km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from New Chitose Airport or Sapporo to Asahikawa directly.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Sapporo or Chitose

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9:00

The mileage is about 180-200km. We recommend heading directly to Asahikawa on the expressway(E5).

Because of long driving, please take a rest at Service Area(SA) along the express way. “Sunagawa SA” is recommended.




150 min

2

Taisetsu Ji Beer

Parking MAPCODE:

79 344 185What is MAPCODE?

Asahikawa is famous for Genghis Khan BBQ

11:30

Firstly, you will visit Taisetsu Ji Beer, where you can enjoy various Hokkaido gourmet foods. The building here is an old brick warehouse that has been renovated and has a very nice atmosphere, where you can enjoy Hokkaido’s famous Genghis Khan barbecue. However, alcohol is absolutely prohibited for drivers (drink driving is severely punished in Japan).




30 min

3

Asahiyama Zoo

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Asahiyama Zoo. Allow 2 hours for a visit.

12:50

After that, you will head to the biggest highlight of the day [Asahiyama Zoo]. There are many winter-friendly animals, such as penguins, seals, polar bears and arctic foxes. Asahiyama Zoo is located about 30 minutes from the city center.

There are the following parking lots.
Main gate 1st parking(Free 65 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
Main gate 2nd parking(Free 125 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
East gate parking(Free 300 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 881




30 min

4

Otokoyama Sake Brewery

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Otokoyama Sake Brewery

15:15

Afterwards, you will take a sake factory tour at the Otokoyama Sake Brewery. It is one of Hokkaido’s representative sake brewers and is also famous as a popular tourist facility.

Brewery website



15 min

5

Asahikawa

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16:20

Asahikawa, where you will stay on this day, is the second largest city in Hokkaido. You can enjoy various gourmet foods such as Genghis Khan and Asahikawa ramen. There are many shops within walking distance that are open until late at night, so check in before exploring the city.




Every year, in early February, the Asahikawa Winter Festival is held with the theme of “a festival of snow, ice and lights.” There are many snow sculptures made by citizens. At night, the snow sculptures are lit up, and projection mapping using the large snow sculptures is performed on a special stage. The festival is held on the banks of the Ishikari River on the north side of Tokiwa Park. About 2km north of Asahikawa Station. Please refer to the Drive Map for more information.

Snow Festival

If you have time and are a bit hungry, It might be fun to visit Asahikawa Ramen Village. There, you may be able to find the one you like from among the various types of ramen.
Please refer to the driving map.

Asahikawa Ramen Village
Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Chitise – Asahikawa(千歳-旭川)winter – Google マイマップ
Chitise – Asahikawa(千歳-旭川)winter

Where to stay in Asahikawa

On this day, you will stay in Asahikawa city(旭川), which is the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido. 
The inns are concentrated on the north side of Asahikawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Asahikawa – Abashiri (旭川-網走) 冬再利用ブロック化済

Asahikawa – Abashiri

Start:Asahikawa(旭川)
Finish:Abashiri (網走)
Mileage:220km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day, you will head from Asahikawa to Abashiri.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Asahikawa

Parking MAPCODE:

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9:00

The mileage is 230km, which is the longest on this trip, so we recommend leaving Asahikawa before 9:00 at the latest. You will be driving on the expressway (E39) for the first half and on the public road for the second half.




150 min

2

Revolving Sushi Toriton(Engaru)

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404 213 839What is MAPCODE?

Revolving Sushi

11:30

After driving a long distance on the expressway, please enjoy lunch at a sushi restaurant. This is a revolving sushi restaurant, but you can eat very fresh sushi at a more reasonable price than in Sapporo.




120 min

3

Cape Notoro

Parking MAPCODE:

991 104 010What is MAPCODE?

Cape Notoro and the Sea of Okhotsk

14:15

Next, you will head to Cape Notoro, which is a scenic spot where you can enjoy the beautiful and mysterious drift ice and the white world of icefalls. Road Abashiri Park Line, also known as the “Misaki Line”, is a scenic road where you can enjoy a comfortable drive even in winter. Drift ice can usually be seen from early February to early March.




25 min

4

Okhotsk drift ice museum

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305 584 606What is MAPCODE?

15:30

After that, you will go to the Okhotsk drift ice museum and learn about drift ice, preparing for tomorrow’s drift ice cruise.




10 min

5

Abashiri

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16:30

Abashiri, where we stay on this day, is a hot spring resort. Since the number of restaurants is quite limited, it is recommended to make a reservation at a hot spring inn with a plan to half board. Make sure you arrive at the inn by 5 pm at the latest.




Every year in early February, the Abashiri Okhotsk Drift Ice Festival is held at Abashiri Port. It is highly recommended anyone traveling right around this time to go. Snow and ice sculptures are set up at the venue, and you can enjoy the taste of Abashiri along with various stage events. Abashiri Port is located 2.5 km east of Abashiri Station. Please refer to the Drive Map for more information.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Asahikawa – Abashiri(旭川-網走)winter – Google マイマップ
Asahikawa – Abashiri(旭川-網走)winter

Where to stay in Abashiri

On this day, you will stay at Abashiri(網走). The inns are spread from the east side of Lake Abashiri to the Abashiri station area.

  • Inn Type
    There are various styles of accommodations in Abashiri, from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokan with an onsen. If you prefer a reasonably priced hotel, we recommend staying near Abashiri Station, and if you prefer a Ryokan with onsen, we recommend staying on the east side of Lake Abashiri.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • 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.

Abashiri – Shiretoko (網走-知床) 冬 再利用ブロック化済

Abashiri – Shiretoko

Start: Abashiri(網走)
Finish: Shiretoko (知床)
Mileage:90km
Travel Pace: Relaxed

On this day, you will head from Abashiri to Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage Site.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Abashiri

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8:50

The mileage is about 90km. You must have checked in for Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora by 9:15 on this day, so please leave the hotel by 8:50 at the latest. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/).




10 min

2

Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

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Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

9:00

The first destination is [Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora], which is the biggest highlight of the day. This is a large ship that sails on the sea while breaking ice. You can see the ice floes that arrive every year off the coast of Abashiri Port up close, and you can enjoy a thrilling cruise as the vibrations and sounds of breaking the ice are transmitted directly to the boat.

Icebreaker Aurora departs at 9:30 most days. Please arrive at the platform by 9:00 and complete her check-in procedures. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/). The cruise time is a little over an hour.

Time table and detail about Aurora



10 min

3

Abashiri Prison Museum

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Abashiri Prison

11:00

After enjoying a winter sea cruise, you will head to The Abashiri Prison Museum, where the Abashiri Prison buildings made in the Meiji era (1868–1912) are preserved and open to the public. 




15 min

4

Lunch at Kaniya

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Fresh seafood

12:00

Please enjoy delicious seafood in Abashiri. We recommend “Okhotsk direct market Kaniya”.




65 min

5

Road to the Sky

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Road to the sky, a 28km straight road

14:10

After lunch, you will head to [Road to the Sky].  While driving on the road, it provides a terrific view of itself. Originally known only to local bikers, the name comes from the sight of a 28km straight road leading to the sky. Must see.




30 min

6

Yuhidai Observatory

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15:40

Yuhidai where the setting sun is beautiful.

Next you will head to Yuhidai Observatory. Here, the surface of the sea, which is covered with drift ice, turns a golden color, creating a beautiful and impressive impression.




10 min

7

Shiretoko

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16:20

Shiretoko, where you stay on this day, is a hot spring resort. Since the number of restaurants where you can have dinner is very limited, it is recommended to make a reservation at a hot spring inn with a plan with half board. Make sure you arrive at the inn by 5 pm at the latest.




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Abashiri – Shiretoko(網走-知床)winter – Google マイマップ
Abashiri – Shiretoko(網走-知床)winter

Where to stay in Shiretoko

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko(知床). Because of the schedule for the next day, it is better to stay at “Utoro(ウトロ)” town on the west side of the Shiretoko peninsula. Most inns are concentrated around “Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku”.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities. There are few reasonably priced inns in Shiretoko. However, they all offer excellent food and hot springs, so we recommend that you stay at a better inn in Shiretoko even if you save money on lodging in other towns.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for an onsen and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy an open-air onsen and enjoy an onsen with a magnificent view of the Sea of Okhotsk.
  • 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.

Siretoko – Shiretoko (知床-知床) 冬  再利用ブロック化済

Shiretoko – Shiretoko

Start: Shiretoko (知床)
Finish: Shiretoko (知床)
Mileage:20km
Travel Pace: Relaxed

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

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Shiretoko

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8:00

The mileage on this day is 20km and you hardly drive a car. However, if you participate in the “Winter Shiretoko Five Lakes Tour”, you need to leave the hotel at 8:00 and wake up early in the morning. On the other hand, if you choose the RYUHYO (Drift Ice) Walk, the morning will be a little more leisurely.




2

Winter Activities in Shiretoko

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8:00

Winter in Shiretoko, which is rich in nature, can be severely cold with drift ice drifting, but you can enjoy activities unique to winter to your heart’s content. A couple of options are shown below.

(Option 1) There are guided tours of the Shiretoko Five Lakes during the harsh winter season, where you can enjoy a walk in the wetlands and lakes that are not accessible during the summer season. In particular, [Winter Shiretoko Five Lakes Tour] by Shiretoko Nature Office is recommended. Reservations are required (please go to https://en.activityjapan.com/publish/plan/3379 for booking in English).
Depending on which Shiretoko tour you book, normally your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00. The tour guide will then take you to the activity location and drop you off at your hotel after the activity. The duration of the tour is approximately 5 hours.

Winter Shiretoko Five Lakes Tour

(Option 2) Drift ice lands on the coast of Okhotsk in Hokkaido from around the end of January. Especially around Utoro on the Shiretoko Peninsula, the sea is covered with ice like a pure white land during the peak season. [RYUHYO (Drift Ice) Walk] is an activity unique to Utoro where you can experience such phenomena and sights like those in the Arctic Circle. You can see the activity in action in the video below.
https://youtu.be/XLZNBYvNYFY
Reservations are required (please go to https://shinrashiretoko.wixsite.com/shinra/ice-walking for booking in English).

RYUHYO (Drift Ice) Walk

Source: SHINRA official website 出典:SHINRA公式ホームページ




10 min

3

Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku

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You can enjoy nice seafood and Soba lunch there

13:30

For lunch on this day, we recommend [Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku]. You can easily enjoy a wide variety of meals.




5 min

4

Oronko Rock Observatory

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The view from Oronko Rock.

14:30

After lunch, please enjoy the spectacular drift ice views from the Oronko Rock Observatory. You can go there on foot or by car. It takes about 10 minutes if you walk.

However, the path leading up to the observatory is narrow and steep, so if you think it is dangerous due to accumulated snow, please skip this observatory and enjoy the drift ice near the next waterfall. Please put safety first.




10 min

5

Oshinkoshin Falls

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Frozen Oshinkoshin Falls in winter.

15:30

This spectacular waterfall, located just next to the coastal main road heading toward Shiretoko, provides visitors a unique experience. After a short walk up some stairs, you can enjoy the waterfall in all of its glory. An observatory is located at the top of the falls and provides a view of the Sea of Okhotsk.

There is also a sidewalk on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot. From there you can enjoy the drift ice of the sea of Okhotsk.




10 min

6

Shiretoko

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16:30

On this day you will stay at a hotel in Shiretoko following yesterday. Please spend a relaxing time in Shiretoko, a World Heritage site.




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Shiretoko – Shiretoko(知床 – 知床)winter – Google マイマップ
Shiretoko – Shiretoko(知床 – 知床)winter

Where to stay in Shiretoko

On this day, you will stay in Shiretoko(知床). Because of the schedule for the next day, it is better to stay at “Utoro(ウトロ)” town on the west side of the Shiretoko peninsula. Most inns are concentrated around “Roadside Station Utoro Shirietoku”.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities. There are few reasonably priced inns in Shiretoko. However, they all offer excellent food and hot springs, so we recommend that you stay at a better inn in Shiretoko even if you save money on lodging in other towns.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for an onsen and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy an open-air onsen and enjoy an onsen with a magnificent view of the Sea of Okhotsk.
  • 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.

(廃止)Shiretoko – Kushiro (知床-釧路) 冬 阿寒泊まれるので使わない

Shiretoko – Kushiro

Start:Shiretoko (知床)
Finish:Kushiro (釧路)
Mileage:190km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Shiretoko to Kushiro through Kushiro Marsh.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Shiretoko

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9:00

Since the mileage is long and about 190km and there is no expressway section, we strongly recommend that you leave the hotel as early as possible.




105 min

2

Roadside Station Papas Land Satturu

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Take a short break at Roadside Station Papas Land Satturu

10:00

The distance from Shiretoko to Lake Kussharo Sunayu is long, so take a break at this roadside station on the way. Since it’s only the beginning of the day, please just take a short break here and move on.




30 min

3

Lake Kussharo Sunayu

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Lake Kussharo Sunayu which become an open-air bath for swans in winter

10:55

Your first destination for the day is Lake Kussharo Sunayu. This is a popular destination for photographers due to the abundance of swans and the stunning backdrop.  Sunayu on the shores of Lake Kussharo is a natural hot spring. Therefore, the center of the lake is covered with ice in winter, but the lakeside is not frozen and becomes an open-air bath for swans. There is also a footbath here, so you can relax while watching the swans from the footbath.




30 min

4

Teshikaga Ramen Main branch (Lunch)

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the most famous Ramen in Eastern

12:25

For lunch on this day, Teshikaga Ramen Main branch is recommended. Ramen is perfect for lunch on a cold winter trip.
We recommend trying the Seafood soy sauce(魚介たまり醤油) Ramen and Miso(味噌) ramen.




75 min

5

Hosooka observatory

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Hosooka observatory in early spring

14:40

Next, you will head to Hosooka observatory. This is famous as an observatory where you can see the Kushiro Marsh, and the winter scenery is also wonderful. You may be able to see red-crowned cranes.

It is also famous for sunset.

Kushiro Marsh, Hosooka Observatory




40 min

6

Kushiro

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16:20

For dinner, we recommend Robatayaki BBQ at “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO”.

Fisherman’s Wharf MOO




In the Kushiro River from late January to early February, you can see phenomena such as lotus leaf ice, and diamond dust.
At dusk, the surface of the river and the city seen from Nusamai Bridge are dyed in orange, creating a fantastic sight.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

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Where to stay in Kushiro

On this day, you will stay in Kushiro city (Kushiro), which is famous for its fishing port and fresh seafood. The inns are concentrated around “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO” to Kushiro station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Kushiro – Obihiro (釧路-帯広) 冬  再利用ブロック化済

Kushiro – Obihiro

Start: Kushiro(釧路)
Finish: Obihiro (帯広)
Mileage:180km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Kushiro to Obihiro.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Kushiro

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9:00

The mileage is as long as 175km. If you prefer to drive slowly, be sure to skip some of the recommended stops along the way.




115 min

2

Otsu Beach

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10:55

The first destination is Otsu Beach in Toyokoro Town. You will see “Jewelry ice” which can only be seen there during the harsh winter (mid-January to late February).




45 min

3

Ikeda Wine Castle

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Ikeda Wine Castle

11:40

Next, you will head to “Ikeda Wine Castle”. This is the most famous winery in Hokkaido, and you can see the inside of a brewery that imitates a castle in medieval Europe.




0:05

4

Happiness Dairy

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Rich gelato

12:45

Next, you will head to “Happiness Dairy”, which is a gelato shop directly managed by a ranch in the fields. It has been a popular shop for a long time.




0:50

5

Tokachigaoka Observatory

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12:45

Tokachigaoka Observatory where you can see the snowy scenery of Tokachi

After Happiness Dairy, you will head west to Obihiro. There is a small observatory called [Tokachigaoka Observatory] along the way, so you can stop by.




0:35

6

Downy Birch Avenue

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Downy Birch Avenue in winter

15:15

After the observatory, you will move to Downy Birch Avenue. A row of white birch trees continues straight for about 1.3 km from the entrance of Tokachi Ranch, and it is known as one of the scenery that represents Tokachi. From mid-January to February, the frost-covered trees look like they have been covered with white leaves, and you can enjoy a more beautiful view.




30 min

7

Obihiro

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Obihiro is one of the leading cities in Hokkaido. There are many restaurants and food stalls on the north side of the station, so please enjoy dinner while strolling after checking in at the hotel. In particular, Obihiro is famous for pork rice bowls as a local gourmet. Please try it.

16:30

Obihiro’s lunch is a bowl of pork on rice (butadon ippin honten)




The Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival “Sairinka®” will be held from late January to mid-February near the Tokachigaoka Observatory. When night comes, the white land is lit up with colorful “forests of light.” The color and movement of the light change dramatically according to the music.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Kushiro -Obihiro(釧路 – 帯広) winter – Google マイマップ
Kushiro -Obihiro(釧路 – 帯広) winter

Where to stay in Obihiro

On this day, you will stay in Obihiro (帯広) city, located in the center of the vast Tokachi Plain and it is famous for its delicious agricultural products.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Obihiro Station
The inns are concentrated around Obihiro station. Convenient for dinner and walking around Obihiro City, but no inns offer onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tokachigawa Onsen(十勝川温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 10km east of Obihiro station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide an Onsen. Tokachigawa Onsen is a “Mall spring” which is among only a few places in the world good for skincare.
  • 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.

Abashiri – Abashiri (網走-網走)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Abashiri – Abashiri

Start: Abashiri(網走)
Finish: Abashiri(網走)
Mileage:90km
Travel Pace: Relaxed

On this day, you will go around Abashiri area.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Abashiri

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8:50

The mileage is about 90km. You must have checked in for Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora by 9:15 on this day, so please leave the hotel by 8:50 at the latest. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/).




10 min

2

Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

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Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

9:10

The first destination is [Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora], which is the biggest highlight of the day. This is a large ship that sails on the sea while breaking ice. You can see the ice floes that arrive every year off the coast of Abashiri Port up close, and you can enjoy a thrilling cruise as the vibrations and sounds of breaking the ice are transmitted directly to the boat.

Icebreaker Aurora departs at 9:30 most days. Please arrive at the platform at 9:00 and complete her check-in procedures. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/). The cruise time is a little over an hour.

If you stay in Abashiri for two consecutive days, you will also have the opportunity to board the ice floe ship the next day, but it is better to board the ship on this day and skip the boarding on the next day.

Time table and detail about Aurora



10 min

3

Abashiri Prison Museum

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Abashiri Prison

11:00

After enjoying a winter sea cruise, you will head to The Abashiri Prison Museum, where the Abashiri Prison buildings made in the Meiji era (1868–1912) are preserved and open to the public. 




15 min

4

Lunch at Kaniya

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Fresh seafood

12:45

Please enjoy delicious seafood in Abashiri. We recommend “Okhotsk direct market Kaniya”.




15 min

5

Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

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14:00

After lunch, you will head to [Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples].  This museum introduces the life, customs, and culture of northern folks, not only the Ainu in Japan, but also around the world, such as the Eskimo and Inuit.

Exhibition at the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples




10 min

6

Abashiri

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15:40

On this day you will stay at a hotel in Abashiri following yesterday. Please spend a relaxing time in Abashiri.




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Abashiri -Abashiri(網走 – 網走) winter – Google マイマップ
Abashiri -Abashiri(網走 – 網走) winter

Where to stay in Abashiri

On this day, you will stay at Abashiri(網走). The inns are spread from the east side of Lake Abashiri to the Abashiri station area.

  • Inn Type
    There are various styles of accommodations in Abashiri, from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokan with an onsen. If you prefer a reasonably priced hotel, we recommend staying near Abashiri Station, and if you prefer a Ryokan with onsen, we recommend staying on the east side of Lake Abashiri.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • 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.

(廃止)Abashiri – Kushiro (網走-釧路)冬 阿寒泊まれるので使わない

Abashiri – Kushiro

Start:Abashiri (網走)
Finish:Kushiro (釧路)
Mileage:170km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Abashiri to Kushiro through Kushiro Marsh.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Abashiri

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8:50

The mileage is long and about 170km, and there is no expressway section. Please arrive at the platform of the Icebreaker Aurora before 9:00 and complete the check-in procedures, so you will need to leave the hotel by 8:50 at the latest. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/).




10 min

2

Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

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Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

9:00

The first destination is [Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora], which is the biggest highlight of the day. This is a large ship that sails on the sea while breaking ice. You can see the ice floes that arrive every year off the coast of Abashiri Port up close, and you can enjoy a thrilling cruise as the vibrations and sounds of breaking the ice are transmitted directly to the boat.

Icebreaker Aurora departs at 9:30 most days. Please arrive at the platform before 9:00 and complete her check-in procedures. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/). The cruise time is a little over an hour.

Time table and detail about Aurora



80 min

3

Lake Kussharo Sunayu

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Lake Kussharo Sunayu which become an open-air bath for swans in winter

12:00

Next, you will head to Lake Kussharo Sunayu. This is a popular destination for photographers due to the abundance of swans and the stunning backdrop. Sunayu on the shores of Lake Kussharo is a natural hot spring. Therefore, the center of the lake is covered with ice in winter, but the lakeside is not frozen and becomes an open-air bath for swans. There is also a footbath here, so you can relax while watching the swans from the footbath.




30 min

4

Teshikaga Ramen Main branch (Lunch)

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the most famous Ramen in Eastern

13:25

For lunch on this day, Teshikaga Ramen Main branch is recommended. Ramen is perfect for lunch on a cold winter trip.
We recommend trying the Seafood soy sauce(魚介たまり醤油) Ramen and Miso(味噌) ramen.




75 min

5

Hosooka observatory

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Hosooka observatory in early spring

15:25

Next, you will head to Hosooka observatory. This is famous as an observatory where you can see the Kushiro Marsh, but the winter scenery is also wonderful. You may be able to see red-crowned cranes.

It is also famous for sunset.

Kushiro Marsh, Hosooka Observatory




40 min

6

Kushiro

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17:00

For dinner, we recommend Robatayaki BBQ at “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO”.

Fisherman’s Wharf MOO




In the Kushiro River from late January to early February, you can see phenomena such as lotus leaf ice, and diamond dust.
At dusk, the surface of the river and the city seen from Nusamai Bridge are dyed in orange, creating a fantastic sight.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

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Where to stay in Kushiro

On this day, you will stay in Kushiro city(Kushiro) which is famous for its fishing port and fresh seafood. The inns are concentrated around “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO” to Kushiro station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Rservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Abashiri – Lake Akan (網走-阿寒湖)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Abashiri – Lake Akan

Start:Abashiri (網走)
Finish:Lake Akan (阿寒湖)
Mileage:160km
Travel Pace:Normal

On this day you will head from Abashiri to Lake Akan.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Abashiri

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8:50

The mileage on this day is 160km and normal, but it is early in the morning to get on the Icebreaker Aurora. Please arrive at the platform of the Icebreaker Aurora before 9:00 and complete the check-in procedures, so you will need to leave the hotel by 8:50 at the latest. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/).




10 min

2

Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

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9:00

Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

If you haven’t been yet, please take the [Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora] first thing of the day. This is a large ship that sails on the sea while breaking ice. You can see the ice floes that arrive every year off the coast of Abashiri Port up close, and you can enjoy a thrilling cruise as the vibrations and sounds of breaking the ice are transmitted directly to the boat.

Icebreaker Aurora departs at 9:30 most days. Please arrive at the platform before 9:00 and complete her check-in procedures. Also, the departure time of the Icebreaker Aurora may change depending on the season, so please check the information on the website (https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/). The cruise time is a little over an hour.

Time table and detail about Aurora



80 min

3

Lake Kussharo (Bihoro Pass Observatory)

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12:00

Next, you will head to [Bihoro Pass Observatory]. This is a popular spot to view the Lake because from here visitors can experience one of the most panoramic views of Lake Kussharo. Especially in winter, you can see the mystical scenery of the sun shining on the surface of the lake in the morning.

National Route 243 has traffic restrictions on Bihoro Pass 1-3 times a year due to heavy snowfall, so be sure to check the weather and traffic information in advance. And even if there are no regulations, if you feel that driving on a mountain pass is dangerous, please skip this place without hesitation.




40 min

4

Lake Kussharo Sunayu

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Lake Kussharo Sunayu which become an open-air bath for swans in winter

13:30

Next, you will head to [Lake Kussharo Sunayu]. This is a popular destination for photographers due to the abundance of swans and the stunning backdrop. Sunayu on the shores of Lake Kussharo is a natural hot spring. Therefore, the center of the lake is covered with ice in winter, but the lakeside is not frozen and becomes an open-air bath for swans. There is also a footbath here, so you can relax while watching the swans from the footbath.




20 min

5

Mt.Iou

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14:20

Mt. Iou

Next, you will head to [Mt.Iou]. Mt. Iou is an active volcano covered in solidified lava and emits a great deal of smoke.




40 min

6

Lake Mashu

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16:00

Lake Mashu in winter

After enjoying Lake Kussyaro, you will head to [Lake Mashu]. The north side of Route 52 is closed in winter, so you will head to Lake Mashu No. 1 Observatory from the south side. Lake Mashu is famous as a beautiful lake with highly transparent water. Especially from the end of January to around February 20th every year, Lake Mashu is in the freezing season. It is especially beautiful to see the frozen ice in progress. The sapphire blue surface of the lake shines with the white frozen ice.




90 min

7

Inn in Lake Akan

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18:30
Afterwards, you will head to Lake Akan via Route 241. There is also a mountain pass here on the way, so please drive carefully.

Lake Akan, where you stay on this day, is also a famous hot spring resort. Relax in the hot springs and rest your body.




7

Lake Akan AINU Kotan

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After dinner, depart for a stroll around Lake Akan Ainu Kotan!

19:30

One of the highlights at Lake Akan is [Akan AINU Kotan]. A place where you can experience the culture of the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido, you can not only see their traditional dances every night in the theater but also do shopping in various woodcraft shops.
The theater and shops open till night and you can visit them after dinner.

Ainu dance performed in Ainu Kotan

Ainu Kotan Traditional Dance Schedule



10 min

If you are interested in activities in the snow, we recommend the snowshoe tours held at Lake Mashu or Lake Kussharo.
https://en.visit-hokkaido.jp/destinations/snowshoeing-under-the-lake-mashu-stars

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map]Abashiri – Lake Akan – Google マイマップ
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Where to stay in Lake Akan

On this day, you will stay at Lake Akan(阿寒湖) the tiny Onsen town that is famous for “Ainu Kotan”, the village of Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Many inns are concentrated on the south 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, be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Lake Akan – Kushiro (阿寒湖-釧路)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Akan – Kushiro

Start:Lake Akan (阿寒湖)
Finish:Kushiro (釧路)
Mileage:90km
Travel Pace:Relax

On this day you will head from Lake Akan to Kushiro.

Recommended Itinerary

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Lake Akan

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8:30

On this day you will have a relatively short driving distance of about 90km. However, depending on the weather in Hokkaido in winter, road conditions can deteriorate, and road regulations may be tightened. Please be careful when driving.

Lake Akan in winter

Before checking out of the hotel, it is recommended to enjoy the natural phenomenon of the frigid Lake Akan. You may be able to see Frost Flowers, Diamond Dust, Kearashi (Frost smoke), etc. if the weather conditions are good in the early morning.

Frost Flowers




10 min

2

Bokke (Mud Volcano) Forest Snow Walk

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8:40

Bokke (Mud Volcano) Forest Snow Walk

Source: TSURUGA GROUP official website 出典:TSURUGA GROUP公式サイト

After checking out of your hotel, why not try the [Bokke (Mud Volcano) Forest Snow Walk]? You can casually enjoy the charm of Lake Akan, a national park of forests and volcanoes.




60 min

3

Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary

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12:00

Source: SUPER FANTASTIC Kushiro Lake Akan Official Website 出典:釧路・阿寒湖観光公式サイト

Next, you will head to [Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary]. You can see red-crowned cranes here. Winter here is a photographer’s paradise. During the feeding season from November to March, photographers gather along the fence to capture the beauty of the red-crowned cranes in the viewfinder. Here you will find the scenery that symbolizes Hokkaido in winter.




30 min

4

Kushiro Marsh Observatory

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14:00

Kushiro Marsh in winter

After seeing the red-crowned cranes, you will head to the [Kushiro Marsh Observatory]. This is a representative base where you can see, learn about, and explore the Kushiro Marsh. From the observation room on the 3rd floor and the rooftop, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the wetlands, the city of Kushiro, and the mountains of Akan.




40min

5

Kushiro

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16:00

On this day, you will stay in Kushiro, which is famous for its nature and gourmet food. For dinner, we recommend Robatayaki BBQ at “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO”.

Fisherman’s Wharf MOO




In the Kushiro River from late January to early February, you can see phenomena such as lotus leaf ice, and diamond dust.
At dusk, the surface of the river and the city seen from Nusamai Bridge are dyed in orange, creating a fantastic sight.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map]Lake Akan – Kushiro(阿寒湖-釧路) – Google マイマップ
Lake Akan – Kushiro(阿寒湖-釧路)

Where to stay in Kushiro

On this day, you will stay in Kushiro city (Kushiro), which is famous for its fishing port and fresh seafood. The inns are concentrated around “Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO” to Kushiro station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Lake Akan – Obihiro (阿寒湖-帯広)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Akan – Obihiro/Tomamu

Start:Lake Akan (阿寒湖)
Finish:Obihiro/Tomamu (帯広/トマム)
Mileage
To Obihiro: 200km
To Tomamu: 250km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Lake Akan to Obihiro or Tomamu.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Lake Akan

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9:00

The mileage is long and about 195km to Obihiro or 245km to Tomamu. Depending on the weather in Hokkaido in winter, road conditions can deteriorate, and road regulations may be tightened. Please be careful when driving.

Lake Akan in winter

Before checking out of the hotel, it is recommended to enjoy the natural phenomenon of the frigid Lake Akan. You may be able to see Frost Flowers, Diamond Dust, Kearashi (Frost smoke), etc. if the weather conditions are good in the early morning.

Frost Flowers




60 min

2

Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary

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10:00

Source: SUPER FANTASTIC Kushiro Lake Akan Official Website 出典:釧路・阿寒湖観光公式サイト

Next, you will head to [Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary]. You can see red-crowned cranes here. Winter here is a photographer’s paradise. During the feeding season from November to March, photographers gather along the fence to capture the beauty of the red-crowned cranes in the viewfinder. Here you will find the scenery that symbolizes Hokkaido in winter.




30 min

3

Kushiro Marsh Observatory

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12:00

Kushiro Marsh in winter

After seeing the red-crowned cranes, you head to the [Kushiro Marsh Observatory]. This is a representative base where you can see, learn about, and explore the Kushiro Marsh. From the observation room on the 3rd floor and the rooftop, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the wetlands, the city of Kushiro, and the mountains of Akan.




120min

4

Ikeda Wine Castle

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Ikeda Wine Castle

15:00

Next, you will head to “Ikeda Wine Castle” via Expressway (E38). This is the most famous winery in Hokkaido, and you can see the inside of a brewery that imitates a castle in medieval Europe.




0:40

5

Obihiro

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Obihiro is one of the leading cities in Hokkaido. There are many restaurants and food stalls on the north side of the station, so please enjoy dinner while strolling after checking in at the hotel. In particular, Obihiro is famous for pork rice bowls as a local gourmet. Please try it.

17:00

Obihiro’s lunch is a bowl of pork on rice (butadon ippin honten)




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map]Lake Akan – Obihiro(阿寒湖-帯広) – Google マイマップ
Lake Akan – Obihiro(阿寒湖-帯広)

Where to stay in Obihiro

On this day, you will stay in Obihiro (帯広) city, located in the center of the vast Tokachi Plain and it is famous for its delicious agricultural products.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Obihiro Station
The inns are concentrated around Obihiro station. Convenient for dinner and walking around Obihiro City, but no inns offer onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tokachigawa Onsen(十勝川温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 10km east of Obihiro station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide an Onsen. Tokachigawa Onsen is a “Mall spring” which is among only a few places in the world good for skincare.
  • 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.

Hakodate-Hakodate (函館-函館)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Hakodate – Hakodate

Start:Hakodate (函館)
Finish:Hakodate (函館)
Mileage:40km
Travel Pace:Relaxed

On this day, you will stay overnight in Hakodate following yesterday.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Hakodate

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10:00

This day is centered on sightseeing in the city, and the mileage is short at about 40km, so you can take it easy.




10 min

2

Goryokaku Park&Tower

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View from the Goryokaku Tower in winter.

11:30

The first stop of the day is Goryokaku Park & Tower. This place is the first western-style castle in Japan surrounded by a star-shaped moat. From the observatory of the tower, you can enjoy not only Goryokaku Park, but also a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and Hakodate Bay.

There is the Lucky Pierrot Goryokaku Park Branch next to the parking lot, so it is highly recommended having lunch there. Lucky Pierrot is a crazy burger shop chain in Hakodate.

Lucky Pierrot is very famous in Hakodate.




20 min

3

Hakodate Motomachi Area

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Hakodate Motomachi Area in winter

12:30

Next, you will head south and explore the Hakodate Motomachi Area. Hakodate was one of the first cities to open its ports after a long period of national isolation, and in this area you can see the Western-style buildings of each country that were built about 150 years ago. The main recommended spots are as follows.
●Former British Consulate
●Hakodate magistrate’s office ruins
●Former Souma House
●Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
●Funatama Shrine
●Hakodate Orthodox Church
●Hachiman-Zaka Slope

If you get tired of walking, there are many stylish cafes, so please take a rest.




5 min

4

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse

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Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse which is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hakodate city.

14:30

After exploring the Motomachi Area, please head to the Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse. This is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hakodate city. There are many shops and cafes in old warehouses.




20 min

5

Trappistine Convent

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Trappistine Convent is the first convent in Japan.

16:00

Next, you will head to the Trappistine Convent, which is the first convent in Japan. The lovable structure of the convent is offset by the lovely scenery and the proximity to the ocean and the cliffs in the distance. The cookies here are delicious and famous.




25 min

6

Cape Tachimachi

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Cape Tachimachi that is a scenic cliffside area.

17:30

If you have time and want to see the Sea of Hakodate, we recommend going to Cape Tachimachi, which is a scenic cliffside area. If the weather is nice and the air is clear, you can see Honshu (the main island of Japan) across the sea.




10 min

7

Inn at Hakodate

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18:20

On this day, you will stay in Hakodate for consecutive nights following the previous day. Please relax and enjoy the night in Hakodate.




In the morning in Hakodate, it is recommended to go to the famous Hakodate Morning Market and have breakfast.

Squid is a must at Hakodate morning market

Also, for those who want to drive around the suburbs of Hakodate instead of sightseeing in the city on this day, we recommend the Onuma National Park. The winter scenery is beautiful and you can enjoy various winter activities there.

Onuma National Park in winter
Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show an additional 10-20 spots for the day. You will travel only to your favorite spots. Click the pin on the map and input the parking MAPCODE into your car navigation system (GPS). It will guide you to the nearest parking lot for each spot!

[Drive Map] Hakodate – Hakodate (函館 – 函館) – Google マイマップ
Hokkaido メイン(20180921~)

Where to stay in Hakodate

On this day, you will stay in Hakodate(函館) city which is famous for its magnificent night view and morning market. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Hakodate Morning Market
Most of the highlights in Hakodate are located near the Hakodate Morning Market and it is very convenient for sightseeing. However, there is no Onsen in this area.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking, but the parking lot fee will be charged separately in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    Inns around the morning market don’t provide an onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants for dinner. It is also a good idea to have breakfast at “Hakodate Morning Market”. Therefore, booking a plan with breakfast or without meals is fine.

②Yunokawa Onsen(湯の川温泉) area
This area is located 5km east of the center of Hakodate and near Hakodate airport.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen.
  • 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 few restaurants in this area, so be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Hakodate – Lake Toya/Niseko (函館-洞爺湖/ニセコ)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Hakodate – Lake Toya/Niseko

Start: Hakodate(函館)
Finish: Lake Toya/Niseko (洞爺湖/ニセコ)
Mileage:
To Lake Toya: 175km
To Niseko: 220km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Hakodate to Lake Toya or Niseko.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Hakodate

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9:00

The mileage is long, about 175-220km including 125km of expressway driving.




5 min

2

Hakodate Morning Market

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Hakodate morning market

9:05

You will get up early on this day and visit [Hakodate Morning Market]. Breakfast will consist of fresh seafood such as famous squid, sea urchins, and crab is the best.
It is also okay to visit on foot from your inn if possible.

Squid is a must at Hakodate morning market
Grilled king crab
You can enjoy squid fishing in Hakodate morning market




5 min

3

Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse

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10:10

[Hakodate Red Brick Warehouse] is also nearby, so if you haven’t been there yet, please stop by.

More than 40 restaurants and stores are located in the Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse.




45 min

4

Onuma National Park

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Onuma National Park in winter

11:50

After that, you will head to [Onuma National Park]. The winter scenery is beautiful and you can enjoy various winter activities there. There are also several recommended restaurants around Onuma Park, so please enjoy lunch around there.

Restaurant Rivage stands by the lakeside of Onuma




120 min

5

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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

15:30

After Onuma Park, it is a 2-hour drive on the expressway. The final destination of the day is “Mt. Usu Ropeway”. From the ropeway, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Showa Shinzan, which was created in 1944, Lake Toya, and the Pacific Ocean.
There is also Showa Shinzan Bear Ranch in the same place, so if you have children, please visit it as well.

Bear farm is located right next to the ropeway station




10 min

6

Inn in Lake Toya/Niseko

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17:00

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.

Lake Toya in winter. Source: Instagram account of Toyako Onsen Tourism Association (play_laketoya)  出典:洞爺湖温泉観光協会インスタグラム




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 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-Otaru (洞爺湖-小樽)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Lake Toya – Otaru

Start: Lake Toya(洞爺湖)
Finish: Otaru (小樽)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Lake Toya to Canal town Otaru.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Lake Toya

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9:00

The mileage of this day is normal about 130km. But we recommend to leave the hotel at 9:00.




10 min

2

Mt.Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm

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

9:10
If you haven’t visited, please visit [Mt. Usu Ropeway & Showashinzan Bear Farm]. After that, you will head north toward Niseko while looking at the magnificent view of Mt. Yotei.
There are observatories overlooking Lake Toya and a delicious ice cream shop along the way, so stop by and proceed.

Lake Hill Farm’s ice cream is a must-try. Over 20 flavors.
Rich gelato




90 min

3

Fukidashi Spring Water Park

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A tremendous amount of water is springing out in Fukidashi Spring Water Park.

12:30

Next you will head to [Fukidashi Spring Water Park] with the famous water that springs from Mount Yotei. A tremendous amount of water is springing out, and you can put water in your bottle and take it the hotel if you like.




90 min

4

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery, created by Masataka Taketsuru, NHK’s “Massan” TV series

15:00

The final destination of the day is “Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery”. You can tour the historic distillery of Japan’s leading whiskey brand.




40 min

5

Inn in Otaru

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16:40

Otaru Canal in winter

Otaru is your accommodation on this day, but most shops on Sakaimachihondori, which is the main street, close around 17:00, so you will take a walk here the next day. Instead, enjoy a stroll and Otaru sushi dinner with a spectacular night view of the canal.

You must try sushi when you come to Otaru!




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Otaru

On this day, you will stay in Otaru city(小樽) which is famous for its canal and Sushi. Many inns are concentrated between Otaru Station and the canal. It is more convenient for sightseeing to stay as close to “Sakaimachi hondori street” as possible.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

Sapporo/Chitose – Lake Toya/Niseko (札幌/千歳-洞爺湖/ニセコ)冬 再利用ブロック化済

New Chitose Airport – Lake Toya

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港)
Finish: Lake Toya (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.

Lake Toya in winter. Source: Instagram account of Toyako Onsen Tourism Association (play_laketoya)  出典:洞爺湖温泉観光協会インスタグラムアカウント(play_laketoya)




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.

Sapporo/Chitose – Furano (札幌/千歳-富良野)冬 再利用ブロック化済

New Chitose Airport – Furano

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港)
Finish: Furano (富良野)
Mileage: 155km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from New Chitose Airport to Furano famous for its lavender and hill views in summer.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Rental car branch at New Chitose Airport

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New Chitose Airport

10:00

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 155km. Please use the expressway (E38) on the way to shorten the travel time. If you arrive in Chitose in the afternoon, consider skipping some spots.




150 min

2

Glass Forest In FURANO

Parking MAPCODE:

550 798 046What is MAPCODE?

12:30

Glasses in Glass Forest In FURANO

Source: Grass Forest in Furano official website 出典:グラス・フォレストin富良野 公式ウエブサイト

First of all, you will visit [Glass Forest In FURANO]. Many handmade glass products such as glasses and accessories are sold. Because of the elaborate glass work, people tend to think that it is expensive, but all the products in this shop are reasonably priced, making them ideal gifts.




30min

3

Furano Cheese Factory

Parking MAPCODE:

550 840 171What is MAPCODE?

14:00

Furano Cheese Factory

Source: Furano Cheese Factory Official Website 出典:富良野チーズ工房 公式ウエブサイト

Next, you will head to [Furano Cheese Factory]. At this cheese factory, you can see the production room and aging warehouse through the glass. At the direct sales corner on the 2nd floor, you can sample cheese, and cheese made at the cheese factory, milk, and sweets made with butter are sold.

This place is popular and should be booked in advance. Please make a reservation in advance at the email address below.
cheese@furano.ne.jp




10min

4

Ningle Terrace

Parking MAPCODE:

919 553 423What is MAPCODE?

ningle terrace

15:30

[Ningle Terrace] is recommended. You can buy various works by local artists such as crafts and accessories at the log houses lined up in the woods.

It opens till 20:45 so it is also okay to visit after dinner.




10 min

5

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

16:40

Furano has a limited number of shops that are open until late at night. It is recommended to include a supper when booking the inn or to go to the inn after having supper.




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have Onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an Onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Furano – Asahikawa (富良野-旭川)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Furano – Asahikawa

Start: Furano(富良野)
Finish: Asahikawa (旭川)
Mileage:95km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will leave Furano and drive through the beautiful hills of Furano and Biei to Asahikawa.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is about 95km, so you can travel at relaxing pace. However, if you want to spend a long time in Asahiyama Zoo, please leave as early as possible in the morning and try to arrive at least 2 hours before closing.




60 min

2

Blue Pond

Parking MAPCODE:

349 569 454What is MAPCODE?

10:00

Blue Pond in winter

Your first destination of the day is the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as wallpaper for Mac on Apple Computer.




10 min

3

Shirahige Falls

Parking MAPCODE:

796 182 482What is MAPCODE?

11:15

You will go to [Shirahige Falls] next. It is not well known, but it is worth a visit as well.

Shirahige Water Falls, with the same vivid blue color as the blue pond




45 min

4

Seven Star Tree & Patchwork Hills

Parking MAPCODE:

389 157 129What is MAPCODE?

12:30

Seven Star Tree & Patchwork Hills

Next, you will head to [Seven Star Tree & Patchwork Hills]. The area around Biei’s Seven Star Tree is famous as Patchwork Hills in summer. In winter, too, the appearance of this tree dignifiedly standing in the wide snowfield is very tasteful. Please enjoy driving the hills around here.




45 min

5

Asahiyama Zoo

Parking MAPCODE:

Please refer belowWhat is MAPCODE?

13:30

Asahiyama Zoo Penguin Walks in the snow

The most famous zoo in Hokkaido, [Asahiyama Zoo], can be reached in about an hour and a half from Furano and about 20 minutes from Asahikawa (The snow road will take longer).

There are the following parking lots.
Main gate 1st parking(Free 65 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
Main gate 2nd parking(Free 125 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
East gate parking(Free 300 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 881

Please be careful that Asahiyama zoo closes very early.
Mid Nov – Beg Apr 10:30-15:30(Last Ently15:00)
Beg May – Mid Oct 9:30-17:15(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Oct – Beg Nov 9:30-16:30(Last Ently16:00)

Asahiyama Zoo in winter has a lot to offer, just like in summer.
● Asahiyama Zoo is famous for penguin walks, but it is much better in the snowy landscape.
● Drift ice plaza appears in the outdoor enclosure of the “Seal Museum” only during the cold winter season. It’s only in the cold winter that you can see their faces popping out of the holes in the ice floes.
● Monkeys don’t like the cold. On colder days, you can see monkey dumplings that cling together to keep warm.

Monkey dumplings that cling together to keep warm

● In early February, the opening hours of the zoo will be extended. You can experience Asahiyama Zoo at night under the snow light.
● Polar bears also look better in snow and ice.

If you would like to enjoy Asahiyama zoo at a relaxing pace, please consider staying one more night.




45min

6

Inn in Asahikawa

Parking MAPCODE:

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17:00

Asahikawa, where you will stay tonight, is the second largest city in Hokkaido. Here you can enjoy various gourmet foods such as Genghis Khan and Asahikawa ramen.
There are many shops within walking distance that are open until late at night, so please check in before exploring the city.

Sapporo has miso ramen, Asahikawa has soy sauce ramen
Asahikawa is famous for Genghis Khan. Daikokuya Is recommended.




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Asahikawa

On this day, you will stay in Asahikawa city(旭川) which is 2nd largest city in Hokkaido.
The inns are concentrated on the north side of Asahikawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Asahikawa – Furano (旭川-富良野)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Asahikawa – Furano

Start: Asahikawa (旭川)
Finish: Furano(富良野)
Mileage:95km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will leave Asahikawa and drive through the beautiful hills of Furano and Biei to Furano.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Asahikawa

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:45

The mileage is about 95km, so you can travel at relaxing pace.




45 min

2

Asahiyama Zoo

Parking MAPCODE:

Please refer belowWhat is MAPCODE?

10:30

Asahiyama Zoo Penguin Walks in the snow

The first destination of the day is the most famous zoo in Hokkaido, [Asahiyama Zoo].

There are the following parking lots.
Main gate 1st parking(Free 65 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
Main gate 2nd parking(Free 125 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 856
East gate parking(Free 300 slots) MAPCODE:79 357 881

Please be careful that Asahiyama zoo closes very early.
Mid Nov – Beg Apr 10:30-15:30(Last Ently15:00)
Beg May – Mid Oct 9:30-17:15(Last Ently16:00)
Mid Oct – Beg Nov 9:30-16:30(Last Ently16:00)

Asahiyama Zoo in winter has a lot to offer, just like in summer.
● Asahiyama Zoo is famous for penguin walks, but it is much better in the snowy landscape.
● Drift ice plaza appears in the outdoor enclosure of the “Seal Museum” only during the cold winter season. It’s only in the cold winter that you can see their faces popping out of the holes in the ice floes.
● Monkeys don’t like the cold. On colder days, you can see monkey dumplings that cling together to keep warm.

Monkey dumplings that cling together to keep warm

● In early February, the opening hours of the zoo will be extended. You can experience Asahiyama Zoo at night under the snow light.
● Polar bears also look better in snow and ice.

If you would like to enjoy Asahiyama zoo at a relaxing pace, please consider staying one more night.




45min

3

Seven Star Tree & Patchwork Hills

Parking MAPCODE:

389 157 129What is MAPCODE?

13:30

Seven Star Tree & Patchwork Hills

Next, you will head to [Seven Star Tree & Patchwork Hills]. The area around Biei’s Seven Star Tree is famous as Patchwork Hills in summer. In winter, too, the appearance of this tree dignifiedly standing in the wide snowfield is very tasteful. Please enjoy driving the hills around here.




45 min

4

Shirahige Falls

Parking MAPCODE:

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14:30

You will go to [Shirahige Falls] next. It is not well known, but it is worth a visit as well.

Shirahige Water Falls, with the same vivid blue color as the blue pond




10 min

5

Blue Pond

Parking MAPCODE:

349 569 454What is MAPCODE?

15:10

Blue Pond in winter

Your last destination of the day is the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as wallpaper for Mac on Apple Computer.




60 min

6

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:10

Furano has a limited number of shops that are open until late at night. It is recommended to include a supper when booking the inn or to go to the inn after having supper.




Driving Map For the Day
Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for its beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and is convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Shiretoko – Lake Akan (知床-阿寒湖)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Shiretoko – Lake Akan

Start:Shiretoko (知床)
Finish:Lake Akan (阿寒湖)
Mileage:185km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Shiretoko to Lake Akan through a scenic road.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Shiretoko

Parking MAPCODE:

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9:00

The mileage is long and about 185km, and there is no expressway section. Also, since there are many highlight sites, we strongly recommend that you leave around 8 to 9 o’clock.




100 min

2

Lake Kussharo Sunayu

Parking MAPCODE:

638 148 532What is MAPCODE?

Lake Kussharo Sunayu which become an open-air bath for swans in winter

10:40

Your first destination of the day is [Lake Kussharo Sunayu]. This is a popular destination for photographers due to the abundance of swans and the stunning backdrop. Sunayu on the shores of Lake Kussharo is a natural hot spring. Therefore, the center of the lake is covered with ice in winter, but the lakeside is not frozen and becomes an open-air bath for swans. There is also a footbath here, so you can relax while watching the swans from the footbath.




20 min

3

Mt.Iou

Parking MAPCODE:

731 713 737What is MAPCODE?

12:00

Mt. Iou

Next, you will head to [Mt.Iou]. It is an active volcano covered in solidified lava and emits a great deal of smoke.




20 min

4

Teshikaga Ramen Main branch (Lunch)

Parking MAPCODE:

462 880 210What is MAPCODE?

the most famous Ramen in Eastern

13:30

For lunch on this day, Teshikaga Ramen Main branch is recommended. Ramen is perfect for lunch on a cold winter trip.
We recommend trying the Seafood soy sauce(魚介たまり醤油) Ramen and Miso(味噌) ramen.




20 min

5

Lake Mashu

Parking MAPCODE:

613 781 429What is MAPCODE?

14:30

Lake Mashu in winter

After enjoying lunch, you will head to [Lake Mashu]. The north side of Route 52 is closed in winter, so you will head to Lake Mashu No. 1 Observatory from the south side. Lake Mashu is famous as a beautiful lake with highly transparent water. Especially from the end of January to around February 20th every year, Lake Mashu is in the freezing season. It is especially beautiful to see the frozen ice in progress. The sapphire blue surface of the lake shines with the white frozen ice.




90 min

6

Inn in Lake Akan

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:00
After that, it is a long drive of 85km to Lake Akan, about an hour and a half.
Because of long distance, please take rest at the road sidestation along the way.

Lake Akan, where you stay on this day, is also a famous hot spring resort. Relax in the hot springs and rest your body.




Lake Akan AINU Kotan

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Walking distance from innsWhat is MAPCODE?

After dinner, depart for a stroll around Lake Akan Ainu Kotan!

19:30

One of the highlights at Lake Akan is [Akan AINU Kotan]. A place where you can experience the culture of the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido, you can not only see their traditional dances every night in the theater but also do shopping in various woodcraft shops.
The theater and shops open till night and you can visit them after dinner.

Ainu dance performed in Ainu Kotan

Ainu Kotan Traditional Dance Schedule



10 min

Where to stay in Lake Akan

On this day, you will stay at Lake Akan(阿寒湖) the tiny Onsen town that is famous for “Ainu Kotan”, the village of Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Many inns are concentrated on the south 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, be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Obihiro – Sapporo/Chitose (帯広-札幌)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Obihiro – Sapporo or Chitose

Start: Obihiro (帯広)
Finish: Sapporo or Chitose Airport (札幌or千歳)
Mileage:
To Sapporo: 210km
To Chitose Airport: 170km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Furano to New Chitose Airport or Sapporo.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Obihiro

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10:00

The mileage is about 170-210km. Depending on your fright schedule, Please adjust the time for snow activities for this day.




80 min

2

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Parking MAPCODE:

608 510 303What is MAPCODE?

11:20

On this day, please enjoy some light snow activities at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU. Firstly, please take the gondola from the foot of the mountain to the top of the mountain and enjoy Muhyo (rime) Terrace. This place becomes Unkai (sea of clouds) Terrace in the summer. You can experience the superb view of Tomamu in winter. Enjoy the snow-covered trees and the majestic view of the snowy mountains.

Muhyo Terrace

You can also enjoy snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVksREPIKKk

If you want to enjoy more snow activities such as skiing and snowboarding in Tomamu, we recommend staying another night in Tomamu.

Tomamu ski slopes Source: Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU Official Homepage 出典:星野リゾート トマム公式ホームページ




120min

3

Rental car branch at Sapporo or New Chitose Airport

Parking MAPCODE:

Please refer driving mapWhat is MAPCODE?

16:30
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.
You would love to try soup curry in Sapporo!




Driving Map For the Day
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 accommodations 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 are some hotels in and around the airport.
Once you return the car, the 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.

Furano – Furano (富良野-富良野)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Furano – Furano

Start: Furano(富良野)
Finish: Furano(富良野)
Mileage:80km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will be staying in Furano for the second consecutive night. Enjoy the winter of Furano and Biei at your leisure.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

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10:00

The mileage is about 80km, so you can travel at relaxing pace. It is enough to leave the inn around 10 o’clock.




10 min

2

Furano Marche

Parking MAPCODE:

349 001 745What is MAPCODE?

10:10

Furano Marche

Source: Furano Marche Facebook account 出典:フラノマルシェ・フェースブックアカウント 

Furano has many attractions. First of all, you will head to the [Furano Marche]. This is a vast and diverse facility, but we especially recommend the shops and cafes that offer freshly made sweets and freshly baked bread. How about a slightly late breakfast with freshly baked delicious bread?




60min

3

Blue Pond

Parking MAPCODE:

349 569 454What is MAPCODE?

13:00

Blue Pond in winter

Your next destination will be the famous [Blue Pond]. It has become known worldwide for being used as wallpaper for Mac on Apple Computer.




10 min

4

Shirahige Falls

Parking MAPCODE:

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14:30

Your last destination of the day is [Shirahige Falls]. It is not well known, but it is worth a visit as well.

Shirahige Water Falls, with the same vivid blue color as the blue pond




70 min

5

Inn in Furano

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

16:20

On this day, you will be staying in Furano for the second consecutive night. Please spend a relaxing time at the inn.




If you want to enjoy winter sports, you can try skiing and snowboarding at Furano Ski Resort instead of driving. Furano Ski Resort has a very long run distance of about 4km, and is a ski resort with the best snow quality and abundant snowfall. It is a ski resort that can be enjoyed by beginners to advanced players with a total of 28 courses. The Kitanomine Premium Zone is only available for cruising in good conditions, and is popular with advanced riders for enjoying off-piste. Kitanomine’s Family Slope has a wide course, so even beginners can ski with confidence. And in the Furano zone, you can reach the mountaintop station on the 101-passenger high-speed Furano Ropeway. Enjoy long cruising on a wide variety of courses.

Furano Ski Resort

Source: Instagram Furano ski resort 出典:インスタグラム富良野スキー場(furanoski_official)

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.

[Drive Map] Furano – Furano (富良野-富良野) winter – Google マイマップ
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Where to stay in Furano

On this day, you will stay in Furano town(富良野) which is famous for its beautiful hills and flower fields.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Furano Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay in an inn with an onsen, the “New Furano Prince hotel” is recommended. It is located just next to Ninngle Terrace and is convenient.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Because Furano is not a big city, restaurants that are open late at night are limited to the area around Furano Station. If you are not staying near Furano station, we recommend a plan with dinner and breakfast.

Otaru – Otaru (小樽-小樽)冬 再利用ブロック化済

Otaru – Otaru

Start: Otaru (小樽)
Finish:
Otaru (小樽)
Mileage:
10km
Travel Pace:
Relaxed

On this day, you will stay in Otaru for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Otaru

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

10:00
The mileage on this day is about 10km, so you can travel comfortably.




20min

2

Old Aoyama Villa(Aoyama Bettei)

Parking MAPCODE:

493 811 525What is MAPCODE?

10:20

The Aoyama Villa is called the Herring Palace. The gorgeous indoor space is a must-see.

Firstly, you will head to [Old Villa (Bettei)] which is a very beautiful old home with a nice pretty Japanese garden. This villa has become a symbol of herring fishing and the Aoyama family was very successful because of the herring. The villa has a very lavish style and took 6 years to be completed. You can sit back and relax with a coffee at the Villa’s restaurant, Kihinkan(貴賓館).




20min

3

Otaru City

Parking MAPCODE:

493 661 486What is MAPCODE?

12:00

Otaru Canal in winter

Next, you will head to Otaru. For parking in Otaru, please use the hotel where you plan to stay or [Otaru City Parking (小樽駐車場)].

Otaru city in winter