8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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8 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h
1
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Niseko-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 10th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and then look for all kinds of wild species at Noboribetsu Bear Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu journey planner.

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 (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Noboribetsu at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

3
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Yoteino Wakimizu, stroll through Rusutsu Resort Ski, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Hanazono Niseko Resort and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Niseko-cho trip planner .

Drive from Noboribetsu to Niseko-cho in 1.5 hours. In December in Niseko-cho, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rusutsu Resort Ski, Lake Toya, Onsen Resorts, Yoteino Wakimizu, Niseko Hanazono Resort
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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 13th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path and then examine the collection at Hakodate Bugyosho. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate online day trip planner .

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Hakodate in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hakodate are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Old British Consulate of Hakodate ©
Old British Consulate of Hakodate
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi Catholic Church ©
Motomachi Catholic Church

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, and finally wander the streets of Susukino.

Make your Sapporo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 0°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Royce' Chocolate World
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Susukino ©
Susukino

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