12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Hakodate Nanae Snow Park and then wander the streets of Motomachi.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary tool .

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. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Hakodate to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hit the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Village Ski Resort and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Biei Shrine, Blue Pond, & more). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Daisetsuzan, Kurodake
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Oyunuma & Jigokudani). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sapporo online trip maker .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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