15 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Otaru
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo St. Michael's Church. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, Spas, & more) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Maruyama Zoo, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Sapporo planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Sapporo at 0°C and lows at -2°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
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.
Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and finally steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point, make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Otaru Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, and finally stop by Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Otaru tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Sapporo to Otaru by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December in Otaru, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Otaru  Aquarium ©
Otaru Aquarium
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple), Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Otaru to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or fly. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Otaru in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Yokohama Chinatown
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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