10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then take a stroll through Motomachi, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and finally don't miss a visit to The Birthplace of Yunokawa Hot Springs.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hakodate is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hakodate. In October, Hakodate is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sapporo road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

4
nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Asahikawa: Ningle Terrace (in Furano), Farm Tomita (in Nakafurano-cho) and Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls, Blue Pond, & more). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, and take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in October, expect Asahikawa to be a bit cooler, temps between 10°C and 7°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Daisetsuzan, Farm Tomita, Ningle Terrace, Asahi-dake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

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