13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​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.
On the 15th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shinoridate Remains, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary builder .

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 (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Hakodate at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): hit the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then explore the activities along Lake Toya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kutchan-cho travel app .

Drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt. Yotei Spring Water, Lake Toya, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Kamui, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In December in Shakotan-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Beaches
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Furano Ski Resort and Kurodake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Campana Rokkatei (in Furano), Farm Tomita (in Nakafurano-cho) and Biei-cho (Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, Shirogane Blue Pond, & more). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, experience rural life at Ueno Farm, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip builder app .

Drive from Shakotan-cho to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Furano, Kamikawa-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Farm Tomita
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Hello Kitty Happy Flight (in Chitose). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Chitose, Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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