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 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​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 5th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary 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. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Hakodate is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, and then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho holiday builder .

Drive from Hakodate to Shakotan-cho in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakodate in October, expect nights in Shakotan-cho to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asahi-dake and Kurodake. Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Patchwork no Michi, Biei Shrine, & more) and Campana Rokkatei (in Furano). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, and experience rural life at Ueno Farm.

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You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. In October, Asahikawa is little chillier than Shakotan-cho - with highs of 10°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Asahi-dake, Farm Tomita, Kurodake, Daisetsuzan
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Road to Heaven, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

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You can drive from Asahikawa to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Asahikawa in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Shari-cho, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hokkaido
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, then stroll through Mt. Moiwa, and finally hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

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