9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h
1
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu road trip planning site .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Noboribetsu due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive 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
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, take some stellar pictures from Goryokaku Tower, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hakodate trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Hakodate by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
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.
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, steep yourself in history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), don't miss a visit to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip builder tool .

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

Things to do in Sapporo

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Asahikawa trip planner.

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. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for 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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