9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Asahikawa
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Otaru
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
7
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
You've added Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo TV Tower, Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, then see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, then shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo sightseeing planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, things will get cooler in Sapporo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

1
day
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.
You've now added Asahikawa Ramen Village to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa tour builder .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Asahikawa hover around 10°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakajima Park, Odori Park, Shiroi Koibito Park, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Fri), walk around Nakajima Park, walk around Odori Park, and then get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Asahikawa in October; daily highs in Sapporo reach 15°C and lows reach 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park
Nakajima Park
Nakajima Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and then wander the streets of Motomachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): cruise along Hiura Domon, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, and then meet the residents at Hakodate Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hakodate, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Theme Parks Shopping
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Hakodate Park ©
Hakodate Park
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jigokudani, Noboribetsu Bear Park and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

Plan trip to Noboribetsu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

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

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Otaru Sakaimachi Street as well as Otaru Canal. On the 4th (Mon), stop by Otaru Sakaimachi Street, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Shrine, stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, see the interesting displays at The Glass Studio in Otaru, then meet the residents at Otaru Aquarium, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, and then get in on the family fun at Kiroro Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Otaru online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Otaru takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in November: highs in Otaru hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kiroro Town
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Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Otaru  Aquarium ©
Otaru Aquarium
Sankaku Market ©
Sankaku Market

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Karafuto Kankei Museum and then make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Historic Sites
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The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu

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