11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuantan
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Kuantan

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Motomachi and Hakodate Orthodox Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Goryokaku Park and Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Hakodate Nanae Snow Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

Kuantan, Malaysia to Hakodate is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuantan in December; daily highs in Hakodate reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Otaru Canal and Okurayama Lookout. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima. Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Chitose to see Royce' Chocolate World about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

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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 December, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Baths

Side Trips

Royce' Chocolate World, Otaru Canal, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Collection Hall Chair Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Asahikawa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Parks Shopping
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Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Shu Ogawara Museum of Art, hit the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Kutchan-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Niseko Outdoor Center
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2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 31st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakajima Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muroran Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Koshu Kitano Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Muroran
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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