Early Summer Itinerary for Hokkaido

Blue Pond Biei Hokkaido
 

Last year, I went to Hokkaido to escape the heat of Japan’s early summer. The weather was cool in Hokkaido, like that of Japan’s mainland in spring. I caught the last remaining snow on Daisetsuzan, saw vast fields of rapeseed (canola) flowers, tulips and pink moss phlox (shibazakura), hunted down scenic spots, explored a volcano geopark, attempted to dig a hot spring foot bath, encountered wild animals, visited a prison museum, caught the vibrant Yosakoi Soran Festival, had fun shopping, savored the various local food specialities and more! It was a truly memorable trip.

Check out the photo highlights of my trip below while I add the details to the individual day’s itinerary. Also find out where you can get all the mapcodes for your itinerary and how to use the GPS to find the best navigation route for your road trips in Japan.

Day 0 – Sapporo
Day 1 – Sapporo to Asahikawa
Day 2 – Asahikawa to Sounkyo to Kitami
Day 3 – Kitami to Abashiri to Kitami
Day 4 – Kitami to Akan National Park to Kushiro
Day 5 – Kushiro to Obihiro
Day 6 – Obihiro to Tomamu
Day 7 – Tomamu to Furano
Day 8 – Furano to Biei to Tomakomai
Day 9 – Tomakomai to Noboribetsu to Lake Toya
Day 10 – Lake Toya to Otaru
Day 11 – Otaru -> Sapporo
Day 12 – Sapporo
Day 13 – Sapporo
Day 14 – New Chitose Airport

Takikawa Canola Flower Fields

Takikawa Canola Flower Fields Hokkaido Japan
 

Chairlift to 7th Station of Mt Kurodake

Chair lift to Mt Kurodake 7th Station Sounkyo Japan
 

Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park

Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park Japan
 

Shibazakura Moss Phlox Flower Fields

Shibazakura moss phlox fields Hokkaido Japan
 

Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum Hokkaido Japan
 

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum


 

Kotan Onsen Open-Air Bath

Kotan Onsen open-air bath at Lake Kussharo Hokkaido Japan
 

Lo Zan Sulphur Mountain

Lo Zan Sulphur Mountain Hokkaido Japan
 

Encounter with Wild Fox

Wild fox on the road
 

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan Hokkaido Japan
 

Kushiro Minatono-Yatai

Kushiro Minatono Yatai Hokkaido Japan
 

Ikeda Wine Castle

Ikeda Wine Castle Hokkaido Japan
 

Kofuku Eki

Kofuku Eli Hokkaido Japan
 

Aikoku Eki

Aikoku Eli Hokkaido Japan
 

Otofuke Canola Flower Fields

Canola Flower Fields at Otofuke Hokkaido Japan
 

Birch-lined Road of Tokachi Ranch

Birch-lined Road Tokachi Ranch Hokkaido Japan
 

Banei Tokachi Horse Racing

Banei Tokachi Horse Racing Hokkaido Japan
 

Chapel on the Water Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

Chapel on the Water Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Hokkaido Japan
 

Gondola to Unkai Terrace

Gondola to Unkai (Sea of Clouds) Terrace Hokkaido Japan
 

Goro’s House made from Recycled Materials

Goro’s House made from Recycled Materials Furano Hokkaido Japan
 

Old School Classroom in Kaleidoscope Museum of Furano

Old School Classroom in Kaleidoscope Museum of Furano Hokkaido Japan
 

Ningle Terrace New Furano Prince Hotel

Ningle Terrace, New Furano Prince Hotel Hokkaido Japan
 

Blue Pond

Blue Pond Biei Hokkaido Japan
 

Shirahige Waterfall

Shirahige Waterfall Biei Hokkaido Japan
 

Tokachidate Observatory

Tokachidate Observatory Biei Hokkaido Japan
 

Path of the Roller Coaster

Path of the Roller Coaster Furano Hokkaido Japan
 

1997 Volcano Remnants Park

Eco Museum 1997 Nenkazaniko Park Hokkaido Japan
 

Fireworks over Lake Toya

Fireworks over Lake Toya Hokkaido Japan
 

Disaster Monuments at Konpira Craters

Disaster Monuments at Konpira Craters Hokkaido Japan
 

Konpira Crater

Konpira Crater Lake Toya Hokkaido Japan
 

Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano UNESCO Global Geopark

Nishiyama Lake Toya Hokkaido Japan
 

Japanese Summer Festival Goldfish Scooping

Goldfish scooping in Japanese Summer Festival Hokkaido Japan
 

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal Hokkaido Japan
 

Yosakoi Soran Festival

Yosakoi Soran Festival Performer
 

Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium Hokkaido Japan
 

Suage Soup Curry

Suage Soup Curry Sapporo Hokkaido Japan
 

Matsuo Genghis Khan

Matsuo Genghis Khan Lamb BBQ
 

Panchou Buta Don

Panchou Buta Don Hokkaido Japan
 

 

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