Hokkaido 4 Days Itinerary-A

Summary

  • Start
    New Chitose Airport or Sapporo Station
  • Finish
    New Chitose Airport or Sapporo Station
  • Mileage
    Total 580km
    150km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Normal
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.2 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

This itinerary takes 4 days to circle central Hokkaido.
Due to standard daily mileage, you can travel at a pace that is not too rushed.
If you want to stay in Sapporo after the road trip, you can return the car not to the airport but to Sapporo. Walking and the subway are more convenient for sightseeing in Sapporo.

 

Chitose Airport – Furano(Sample)

Start: New Chitose Airport(新千歳空港) or Sapporo(札幌)
Finish: Furano (富良野)
Mileage: 150km
Travel Pace: Fast

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

Recommended Itinerary(Sample)

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

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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(Sample)

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.

 

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.

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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 min 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 – Otaru

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

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

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Inn in Asahikawa

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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 amazing flower spots for Cherry blossoms and sunflowers along the drive route of the day.
[Sunflower field in Hokuryu town] is one of the best sunflower fields in Japan. If you will travel from end Jul-mid Aug, it is worth giving priority.

If you will travel from End Apr-Beg May, there are also amazing cherry blossom spot that is not well known by foreign tourists and even local Japanese.
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)
Little-known cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido.
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.

 

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.

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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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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

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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)

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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.
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