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Need advice on driving trip in Hokkaido for 8-10days

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Need advice on driving trip in Hokkaido for 8-10days


I'm planning a trip with my mom from 2nd Aug - 10th/12th Aug depending on the schedule.

This trip is mainly plan for her as she is getting old (70) and her dream vacation will be to Hokkaido. I can't join tour package as my mom gone thru operation on both her leg and thus she can't walk for too long or far. Especially tour package is not flexible in terms of our flight schedule and etc. And I don't want to make her feel like we are rushing to all location we are going for this trip.

She have never been to Japan and unable to tell me exactly what she want to see or experience there. Thus, she did mentioned a few things that she heard from her friend... Onsen, good local food, fruits, flowers. As for sight seeing that require her to climb, I guess we will skip this as she can't do it anymore.

As I wish to make this trip a memorable trip for her, I hope readers from trip advisor could give me some advice on how I should plan for the 8/10days. I have taken 12 days annual leave for this trip but I need to deduct a day for me to fly back to Sg. from KL as my mom stay in KL. And I wish to give her some experience in Tokyo before we fly back to KL. Thus, I might plan for 3 days in Tokyo.

Your advice is highly appreciated here!

Thanks in advance...



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1. Re: Need advice on driving trip in Hokkaido for 8-10days


sounds like a great trip idea - I think your mum will have a nice time.

Renting a car and going to the Furano/Biei area would be good, you can see flowers from the car and there are parking areas to get out and look.

Maybe one night at least a hotel with private onsen in the room? so she can access the bath with your help....

In sapporo I would really recomend the bike taxi system - you can rent one for one or two hours and it's an easy way of getting around to see things...the driver will wait for you.

You should book hotels soon..holiday season here and hotels get booked quickly.


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Hokkaido in August is very comfortable although the other area of Japan is humid with high temperature like Singapore and Malaysia. It is nice to draw a picture on your white blank paper.

Have been to Hokkaido three times; first with the high school trip, and I made a motorcycle tour when I was a student: One circle in ten days is just about the right choice to drive in circle. My starts were Hakodate since I took ferries from main island of japan. Since you may have a flight from Tokyo or Osaka to Sapporo, Sapporo is the start of your drive.

Day 1: arrive to Sapporo. See Sapporo with no car.


Day 2: Pick up your car in the afternoon and leave Sapporo for Sohunkyo.

Day 3. Look up Sounkyo Gorge along Route 39 paralleled with Ishikari River. Follow on drive to Abashiri; the good vista point in summer is Koshimidzu Genseikaen; The ocean front natural flower garden. There is not English page.


your accommodation may be at lake Saroma to see sunset.


I stayed at Lake Abashiri when I was in high school. The hotel is still existing which buildings must be renovated.


Day 4: Drive to Lake Akan via Bihoro Pass and Lake Mashu. Lake Mashu is the most impressive spot if the weather is fine. However, I hear in summer, it has fogs to block your view. Good luck!


Accommodation is the best at Lake Akan: there are a number of Hotels and Ryokans. One other attraction at lake Akan is Marimo, round moss ball naturally made in the lake.


Day 5: Drive to Furano via Kushiro and Obihiro: Since this is the longest day of your drive for 320 km estimated 5 hours and 30 min. You may stay at Kushiro previous night. In Kushiro, there are some low rate business hotels. If you have a chance, stop by Kushiro Marsh to see wide open area of Japan.


Day 6: Drive to Furano, popular spot, by you people.


Day 7: Drive to Jyozankei Onsen via Sapporo.


Day 8: Drive to Noboribetsu via Nakayama Pass and Lake Toya.


if you think too much to stay at onsen towns, your accommodation may be at lake Toya or lake Shikoku or the big town Muroran.

Day 9: Noboribetsu to Hakodate via Lake Onuma. Please do not miss the night view from Mt. Hakodate (actually the hill):


Other attractions in Hakodate is exotic.


This is my tentative suggestion to circle around Hokkaido. It is basically the similar route I first traveled 50 years ago by bus and trains except Furano when speed ways were not existing. You may add up and stretch to other area or cut some if you like. If you have a concern about drop off rate of your rental car or your flight, you will drive back to Sapporo. The flight from Hakodate is limited to Tokyo Haneda or Osaka kansai(KIX).

The route map I made is the big and long address even though it is shorted:


Hopefully you can see this map. You wil copy and paste the address.

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I am sorry this is the correct short URL of my map.


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4. Re: Need advice on driving trip in Hokkaido for 8-10days

Thanks Amanda,

Will read more about the area and plan for schedule.



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Hi SanFran,

Thanks for your great help here. In conclusion of the hotel/stay I should look will be:-

1st night :@ Sapporo

2nd night: @ Sohunkyo

3rd night: @ Lake Saroma / Lake Abashiri

4th night: Lake Akan / Kushiro

5th night: Kushiro

6th night: Furano

7th night : Jyozankei

8th night: Lake Toya / Lake Shikoku / Muroran

9th night: Hakodate

And fly back to Tokyo on the 10th day of my trip?

This is really a big help especially your help on planning and even work on the link for the driving. Will start looking/checking and booking the flight, accommodation and etc. this weekend.

Thank you so so much!!!



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You are changing hotel every night? It sound tiring. For a more relaxing trip, suggests to scale down. Lake Toya is really nice, can stay there 2 nights . If you plan to go Jozankei for onsen. Lake Toya covers that and more. You can visit Lake Hill Farm, enjoy the scenery and park and relax at the onsen...

Furano and Biei is nice to stay two nights too to enjoy the flower fields.

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Hi All,

Sorry for being silent for the past weeks.... been engaged with a project and unable to work on any planning for my trip... I'm back now... I've finally make the following arrangement:-

4th -6th Aug -> Furano City

6th - 9th Aug -> Sapporo

9th - 11th Aug -> Noboribetsu

11th - 13th Aug -> Hakodate

13th - 17th Aug in Tokyo

How about this???

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Looks ok, suggest to go lake toya. Noboribetsu is just an ugly onsen town but you have best of both world in lake toya.

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