10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h
1
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Noboribetsu hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the activities along Mt. Yotei Spring Water, get outside with Niseko Village Ski Resort, and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko Village Ski Resort, Mt. Yotei Spring Water
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, contemplate the long history of Iai Kindergarten, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shiroi Koibito Park and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & JR Otaru Station). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, and get outside with Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

3
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 23rd (Wed), fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, then take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shikisai no Oka.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Asahikawa sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -5°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Daisetsuzan, Kurodake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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