13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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13 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Furano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Abashiri
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kushiro
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Obihiro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Chitose
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church, do a tasting at Otaru Wine Gallery, hit the slopes at Fu's snow area, then head outdoors with Ishiyama Ryokuchi, and finally trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): get outside with Otaru Dream Beach, identify plant and animal life at Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, and finally steep yourself in history at Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, with highs in Sapporo at -1°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Otaru, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm ©
Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Otaru Wine Gallery ©
Otaru Wine Gallery

1
night
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
On the 12th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Watanabe Clinic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoji Temple, walk around Furano Budogaoka Park, then stroll around Torinuma Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Furabi.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Furano trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of -12°C in Furano. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Furano

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Watanabe Clinic ©
Watanabe Clinic
Torinuma Park ©
Torinuma Park

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 13th (Thu): hit the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, hit the slopes at Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Santa Present Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Takasagosyuzo.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Asahikawa tour builder .

You can take a train from Furano to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Furano in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Asahikawa, with lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine
Santa Present Park ©
Santa Present Park

2
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): hit the slopes at Abashiri Lakeview Ski Resort, get outside with Abashiri Lakeside, look for all kinds of wild species at Okhotsk Chipmunk Park, take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, then head outdoors with Abashiri Coast, and finally explore the galleries of Moyoro Kaizuka-kan. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Kando no Michi, take in the dramatic scenery at Sakura Falls, examine the collection at Shiretoko Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abashiri Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Abashiri trip maker .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Abashiri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Asahikawa in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Abashiri, with lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Sakura Falls
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Abashiri Coast ©
Abashiri Coast
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park ©
Okhotsk Chipmunk Park
Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls

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nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
On the 16th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Rausu Lighthouse, get a new perspective on nature at Rusa Field House, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, then kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rausu Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rausu, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kashuni Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rausu-cho trip planning site .

You can drive from Abashiri to Rausu-cho in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Abashiri in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rausu-cho, with lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Mt. Io
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Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Kashuni Falls ©
Kashuni Falls
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io

1
night
Kushiro

Kushiro ©
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Onnenai Boardwalk, then make a trip to Akachochin Yokocho, then steep yourself in history at Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kushiro road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Kushiro takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in February, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Obihiro.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Wildlife Spas

Side Trip

Onnenai Boardwalk
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Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine ©
Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the long history of Obihiro Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokachi Gokoku Shrine, then examine the collection at Obihiro Centennial City Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iwanai Senkyo, and finally see the interesting displays at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Obihiro sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Kushiro to Obihiro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kushiro in February: highs in Obihiro hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums Spas Baths

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Obihiro Centennial City Museum ©
Obihiro Centennial City Museum
Obihiro Shrine ©
Obihiro Shrine

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chitose Shrine, delve into the distant past at Kiusu Shuteibogun Ancient Tombs, head outdoors with Hill of Palette, then appreciate the views at Eniwa Valley, and finally head outdoors with Shikotsu Lake Sky Road.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chitose trip builder website .

You can drive from Obihiro to Chitose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Obihiro in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Chitose, with lows around -12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eniwa Valley
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Chitose Shrine ©
Chitose Shrine
Shikotsu Lake Sky Road ©
Shikotsu Lake Sky Road

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