9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Shimukappu-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Shimukappu-mura

Shimukappu-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Unkai Terrace, enjoy some diversion at Water Chapel, and then don't miss a visit to Hoshino Resort Tomamu.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimukappu-mura trip itinerary planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Shimukappu-mura is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Shimukappu-mura due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, with highs in Shimukappu-mura at 17°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

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Chapel on the Water ©
Chapel on the Water
Unkai Terrace ©
Unkai Terrace

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): meet the residents at Muroran City Aquarium and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Chikyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu day trip planner.

Getting from Shimukappu-mura to Noboribetsu by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Noboribetsu when traveling from Shimukappu-mura in May, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Muroran
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Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Cape Chikyu ©
Cape Chikyu

3
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.
Visit Onuma Park Walking Path and Goryokaku Park for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trappist Monasteries and St.John's Church Hakodate. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Motomachi Catholic Church, test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate the long history of Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip builder .

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Onuma Park Walking Path, Trappist Monasteries
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and then contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space ©

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