8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur
Fly + bus + train:  12​h
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Hakodate
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
Kuala Lumpur

1
day
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip itinerary maker website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Noboribetsu: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, go for a walk through Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
days
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.
Step out of Sapporo to go to Otaru and see Otaru Canal, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), take a stroll through Susukino, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Sapporo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Shikisai no Oka, and then explore the activities along Blue Pond.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka
Shikisai no Oka

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