8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary builder site .

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. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Hakodate reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kutchan-cho vacation planner .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakodate in December, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are a bit cooler (0°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Niseko Outdoor Center
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1
night
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 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip builder tool .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Asahikawa Station ©
Asahikawa Station

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noboribetsu (Oyunuma & Jigokudani) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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