10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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 3rd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally walk around Goryokaku Park. Keep things going the next day: explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hakodate day trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hakodate is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) 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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Oyunuma) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otaru, Noboribetsu, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Blue Pond, then admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, and then take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planner .

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Asahikawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Daisetsuzan, Farm Tomita, Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

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