12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Chitose
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Toyako-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Otaru
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

few
hours
Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chitose travel itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chitose is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Chitose reach 12°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Museums Outdoors
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Hakodate, Meijikan Memoru and Hakodate Hachiman Shrine. On the 27th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower and then stroll around Goryokaku Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Hachiman Shrine, then stop by Meijikan Memoru, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate tour planning tool .

You can fly from Chitose to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chitose in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Hakodate. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

1
night
Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
You've now added Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): walk around Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park, then explore the galleries of Toyako Volcano Science Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Toya, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Toyako-cho tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Hakodate to Toyako-cho in 2.5 hours. April in Toyako-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Toya
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:
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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum
Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park ©
Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park

1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Niseko Annupuri has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get outside with Niseko Annupuri. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Niseko-cho takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors

Side Trip

Niseko Annupuri
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Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip planner .

Getting from Niseko-cho to Noboribetsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cape Chikyu
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Cape Chikyu ©
Cape Chikyu

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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.
Sapporo is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, museums, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip planner.

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and finally stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu, then take in panoramic vistas at Mount Kenashi View Point, and then hit the slopes at Kiroro Snow World.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Otaru trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. May in Otaru sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiroro Snow World, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©

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