Sample itinerary Hokkaido 7 days by Japan Rail Pass 7 days

Night view form Mt.Hakodate ©Hokkaido Tourism Organization/© JNTO
Night view form Mt.Hakodate ©Hokkaido Tourism Organization/© JNTO

This itinerary includes UNESCO world heritage site, Shiretoko and several highlights in Hokkaido.

We don’t use Japan Rail Pass for the transfer between downtown Tokyo and Narita or Haneda airport. This itinerary starts from/to Tokyo.

06:28am Depart from Tokyo by Tohoku Shinakansen “Hayate 11”
10:01am Arrive at Shin-Aomori
10:16am Depart from Shin-Aomori by Limited Express ““Super Hakucho 11
12:22pm Arrive at Hakodate
After arriving at Hakodate, enjoy sightseeing.
(Overnight in Hakodate)

Day 2 Hakodate – Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo

Otaru Canal  	(C)Y. Shimizu
Otaru Canal (C)Y. Shimizu

08:30am Depart from Hakodate for Sapporo by Limited Express “Super Hokuto 3”.
11:47am Arrive at Sapporo
After arrive at Sapporo, enjoy sightseeing in most biggest city in Hokkaido.
If you don’t need lots of time in Sapporo, take the local train to Otaru. Otaru is very historical city. It has very famous canal.
Otaru is only 30 minutes away from Sapporo. The local trains between Otaru and Sapporo are very frequent. This is a perfect short trip from Sapporo.
(Overnight in Sapporo)

Day 3 Sapporo – Kamikawa – Sounkyo canyon – Kamikawa – Abashiri

Kurotake mountain ©Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO
Kurotake mountain ©Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO

07:21am Depart from Sapporo for Abashiri via Sounkyo canyon by Limited Express “Okhotsk 1“.
09:42am Arrive at Kamikawa
After arrival at Kamikawa, take the bus to Sounkyo canyon. The bus fare is 800yen for one way and takes 30 minutes. You can take the gondola to Kurotake mountain. It has a gorgeous view of Daisetsu mountains.
17:31pm Depart to Abashiri by Limited Express “Okhotsk 5“.
20:37pm Arrive at Abashiri
(Overnight in Abashiri)

Day 4 Abashiri – Utoro (UNESCO world heritage site, Shiretoko)

Oshinkoshin Falls  	©Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO
Oshinkoshin Falls ©Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO

06:41am Depart for Shiretoko-Shari by the local train
*If you miss this train, you have to wait until 10:01am. We do not have any express train between Abashiri, Shiretoko-Shari and Kushiro. Please keep it in your mind.
07:22am Arrive at Shiretoko-Shari. After arrival, transfer to the bus to Utoro in Shiretoko peninsula.
08:40am depart for Utoro by bus. The bus fare is 1,500 yen and takes 1 hour to Utoro.
(Overnight in Utoro)

Day 5 Utoro – Mashu – Kushiro

Kushiro marshland © Y.Shimizu/© JNTO
Kushiro marshland © Y.Shimizu/© JNTO

09:30am Depart for Shiretoko-Shari by the bus. The bus fare is 1,500 yen and takes 1 hour.
10:20am Arrive at Shiretoko-Shari
10:46am Depart for Mashu by the rapid train. (This is not an express train. This train is a kind of the local train.)
11:54am Arrive at Mashu. Take the bus to Lake Mashu that is one of the most beautiful lake in Hokkaido. The bus fare is 540 yen and takes 20 minutes. The bus is not very frequent. Consider to use the taxi.
13:48pm Depart for Kushiro by the local train. This local train goes through in Kushiro marsh. This marsh is the most famous marsh in Japan.
15:09pm Arrive at Kushiro
(Overnight in Kushiro)

Day 6 Kushiro – Minami-Chitose – Date-Monbetsu – Lake Toya

Lake Toya (C)Toyako Tourist Association
Lake Toya (C)Toyako Tourist Association

07:39am Depart for Minami-Chitose by Limited Express “Super Ozora 4”.
11:00am Arrive at Minami-Chitose and transfer to Limited Express “Super Hokuto”.
11:05am Depart for Date-Monbetsu by Limited Express “Super Hokuto 10”.
12:07pm Arrive at Date-Monbetsu. After arrival, take the bus to Lake Toya. The bus fare is 580 yen and takes 40 minutes. Lake Toya is one of most popular hot springs resort in Hokkaido.
(Overnight in Lake Toya)

Day 7 Lake Toya – Date-Monbetsu – Hakodate – Shin-Aomori – Tokyo

10:06am Depart Date-Monbetsu for Hakodate by Limited Express “Super Hokuto 6”.
11:54am Arrive at Hakodate
12:04pm Depart for Shin-Aomori by Limited Express “Super Hakucho 30”.
14:15pm Arrive at Shin-Aomori
14:28pm Depart for Tokyo by Tohoku Shinkansen “Hayate 30”
18:08pm Arrive at Tokyo

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Monterey Hotel Sapporo Close to station, dine, shop
La Vista Kushirogawa Hotel Kushiro Waterfront location

194 thoughts on “Sample itinerary Hokkaido 7 days by Japan Rail Pass 7 days”

  1. Hi!

    Looking to travel o Hokkaido in End April to early MAy.

    Can i confirm based on your itinerary how much will it cost just based on travelling..?

    Based on the itinerary, am i right to say every day will travel to a different area and stay in a different hotel every night…?

    1. Hi dawnzz,

      Basically the trips are covered by JR pass. Some part of the trip, like bus to Soukyo, is not covered. I mentioned the fare which you need to pay.
      However this sample was made long time ago. Some fares may be raised up. Train schedule is different. You may check the train schedule in the link below:

      In this trip, you will stay in different place every night.


      Takeshi /

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