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
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park. On your second day here, ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the 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. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Hakodate reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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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.
Step out of Sapporo to go to Otaru and see Otaru Canal, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Biei-cho (Blue Pond & Shikisai no Oka), Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park) and Ningle Terrace (in Furano). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, make a trip to Asahikawa Station, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Ningle Terrace, Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, Kurodake, Daisetsuzan
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

3
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Shiraginu no Toko, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muroran Hachimangu Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shiraginu no Toko, Muroran Hachimangu Shrine, Lake Toya
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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