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Sapporo/Chitose – Asahikawa(札幌千歳-旭川) マップ冬

Day X Sapporo or Chitose – Asahikawa

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

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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

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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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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 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

Day X Asahikawa – Abashiri

Start:Asahikawa(旭川)
Finish:Abashiri (網走)
Mileage:230km
Travel Pace:Fast

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

Recommended Itinerary

1

Asahikawa

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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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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

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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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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

Day X 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

Day X 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

1

Shiretoko

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8:00

The mileage on this day is 15km 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.




2

Winter Shiretoko Five Lakes Tour

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Winter Shiretoko Five Lakes Tour

8:00

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] by Shiretoko Nature Office



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.

Shiretoko – Kushiro (知床-釧路) 冬

Day X 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

Day X Kushiro – Obihiro

Start: Kushiro(釧路)
Finish: Obihiro (帯広)
Mileage:175km
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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369 626 711What is MAPCODE?

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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369 667 575What is MAPCODE?

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

Day X 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

Parking MAPCODE:

305 584 156What is MAPCODE?

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.

Abashiri – Kushiro (網走-釧路)冬

Day X 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.

Asahikawa-Otaru(旭川-小樽)冬

Day X Asahikawa – Otaru

Start:Asahikawa(旭川)
Finish:Otaru (小樽)
Mileage:185km
Travel Pace:Fast

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

Recommended Itinerary

1

Asahikawa

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9:00

The mileage is 185km. We recommend leaving Asahikawa before 9:00 at the latest. You will be driving on the expressway (E5) to Otaru.

Because of long driving, please take a rest at the Service Area along the expressway. “Sunagawa SA(砂川SA)” is recommended because of many shops.




150 min

2

Nishizuka

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Recommended for fresh and delicious sushi.

11:30

In Otaru, you will enjoy lunch at Nishizuka, just outside the city. Nishiduka is a sushi restaurant loved by locals. You can only get there by car because it is outside of the main city of Otaru. Their sushi and other side dishes are known for being beautifully decorated.




10 min

3

Old Aoyama Villa(Aoyama Bettei)

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13:00

Next, you will head to [Old Aoyama Villa(Aoyama 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).




15 min

4

Otaru

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14:00

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 I would like you to visit: the area around the “Otaru Canal” and the “Sakaimachi-dori shopping street” are the main areas.

Otaru Canal in winter

●[Otaru Canal] is a symbol of the city and a must spot, but in winter, the snow-covered bricks make you feel like you are in the northern country. The highlight of the annual “Otaru Yuki Monogatari” event is the “Blue Canal” (from early November to late January), where blue LED lights are applied. You can also have a fantastic and romantic time on a popular canal cruise.

The Sakaimachi-dori shopping street in winter

●[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. The Wine Glass Tower (from early November to mid-February), which is made up of 2,000 wine glasses, changes to 6 colors and is very impressive.
●[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.




10 min

5

Inn at Otaru

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17:00

Otaru is your accommodation on this day. After checking in at the hotel, we recommend having dinner while walking around the hotel.




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 -Otaru(旭川 – 小樽)winter – Google マイマップ
Asahikawa -Otaru(旭川 – 小樽)winter

Where to stay in Otaru

On this day, you will stay in Otaru city(小樽), which is famous for its canals 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.

Hokodate-Hakodate(函館-函館)夏

Day X 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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!

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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.

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