13 days in Tokyo & Hokkaido Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Otaru
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo — 1 night

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Ikegami Baien, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, then browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Hakodate at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Otaru.
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Otaru — 1 night

Town of Hills

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.
On the 25th (Sat), look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and then make a trip to JR Otaru Station.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Otaru online route maker.

You can fly from Hakodate to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Otaru: temperatures range from -1°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Asahikawa.
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Asahikawa — 2 nights

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 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Takuboku Ishikawa Statue and Monument, then make a trip to Asahikawa Station, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, get outside with Ken & Mary Tree, take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Asahikawa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Asahikawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Otaru in February, you will find days in Asahikawa are a bit cooler (-5°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 3 nights

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.
Sapporo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and wander the streets of Susukino.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo day trip site.

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Sapporo, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally stroll around Ueno Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in March, plan for warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Hokkaido travel guide

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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.
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