13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Chitose
— Few hours
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Toyako-cho
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Sobetsu-cho
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
5
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Otaru
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
8
Chitose
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chitose trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chitose is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Chitose. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, things will get much colder in Chitose: highs are around 12°C and lows about 0°C. You'll set off for Hakodate on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Museums Outdoors
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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 Hakodate Hachiman Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower and then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Hachiman Shrine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hakodate using our trip planner.

You can fly from Chitose to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hakodate when traveling from Chitose in April, with lows around 5°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Toyako-cho.

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

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Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
On the 29th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and then hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Rusutsu Resort Ski and then explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Toyako-cho route maker app .

Getting from Hakodate to Toyako-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Toyako-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 1st (Fri), you're off toSobetsu-cho.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Lake Toya
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

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Sobetsu-cho

Sobetsu-cho
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo and then contemplate the geological forces at Showashinzan.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sobetsu-cho online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Sobetsu-cho takes an hour. May in Sobetsu-cho sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sobetsu-cho

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Showashinzan
Showashinzan
Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo ©
Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu holiday app .

You can drive from Sobetsu-cho to Noboribetsu in an hour. May in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muroran
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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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.
On the 3rd (Sun), get great views at Sapporo TV Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo visit planning website .

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 a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Otaru side-trips: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Kiroro Snow World (in Akaigawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu, find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji, and hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Otaru holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Otaru, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Chitose.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Kiroro Snow World
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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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Chitose

Chitose ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium.

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Traveling by train from Otaru to Chitose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Chitose when traveling from Otaru in May, with lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium ©
Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium

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