9 Day Hokkaido Itinerary in the Far East

Hokkaido is globally known as a winter ski and snowboard destination but it’s so much more. Its utmost raw and authentic cultural encounters that most travellers don’t get to see.

From land to sea, there’s an incredible diversity of scenery, wildlife, and culture that is truly deserving of the moniker of Japan’s wild frontier.

DAY 1 – KUSHIRO TO KIRITAPPU

The largest city in this region is Kushiro so it makes sense to start your journey by flying into Tancho Kushiro Airport. So, your first day in Far East Hokkaido is primarily a transit day. 

Day 2 – Wetland Exploration

Since marsh areas are by its nature difficult to traverse on foot, the best way to get an intimate view of the Kiritappu Wetland is by grabbing a canoe and paddling right in.

Whale watching is easily one of the top highlights of this itinerary so you’re in for a treat today as whales and porpoises await!

Day 3 – Whale Watching Adventure

DAY 4 – BEAR WATCHING SURPRISE

We go to bears as our focus for your fourth day in the far east of Hokkaido before cutting across the peninsula to reach the western side of Shiretoko.

Day 5 – Shiretoko Five Lakes

To see all 5 lakes, take the full long loop of the ground pathway. There’s also a short loop if you don’t want to do as much walking. We got to experience when bears are spotted near the trail. 

DAY 6 – FROM VOLCANOES TO RIVERS

You don’t get all of the incredible onsens and untamed landscapes in Hokkaido without volcanoes. Seeing it first hand from the steaming Mt. Io and cool off on the calm waterways of Kushiro River.

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