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Sapporo — 1 night

CIty of Ramen

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 19th (Tue): browse the range of quality goods at Sapporo Mitsukoshi, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Susukino.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Sapporo to be colder, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.
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Furano — 2 nights

Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tee off at Furano Golf Course, then look for gifts at Anpanman Shop Furano, then make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and finally fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Takushinkan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Furano online visit planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Furano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -8°C in Furano. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping
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Kutchan-cho — 3 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Kiroro Snow World and White Isle Niseko. Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Village Ski Resort and Jizakeya Kitaichi. Take a break from Kutchan-cho with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru, about 1h 10 min away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, head outdoors with Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Furano to Kutchan-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kutchan-cho when traveling from Furano in December, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakodate.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
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Hakodate — 1 night

City of Lights

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 25th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then wander the streets of Motomachi, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate road trip planning website.

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.
Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Noboribetsu — 2 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Spas
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Hokkaido travel guide

Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.