16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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16 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sapporo
— 4 nights
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, walk around Goryokaku Park, take a stroll through Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Hakodate Nanae Snow Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate tour builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hakodate is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, with highs in Hakodate at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 9th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Kagaminuma, then identify plant and animal life at Shinsennuma, and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): head outdoors with White Isle Niseko and then hit the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho vacation planning app .

Drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakodate in February, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are a bit cooler (-1°C), and nights are about the same (-5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Shinsennuma
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Asahikawa Station, get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Aibetsu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa online travel planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in February: highs in Asahikawa hover around -5°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aibetsu Shrine, Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
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Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Aibetsu Shrine ©
Aibetsu Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck, soak in some Japanese tradition at Utoro Onsen, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, then see the interesting displays at Shiretoko Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raiun Shrine. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then head outdoors with Shiretoko Highway, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io.

Plan trip to Shari-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Shiretoko Highway
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo Beer Museum. You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Chitose (Hello Kitty Happy Flight & Royce' Chocolate World) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sapporo Korei Shrine, contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

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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. In February in Sapporo, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chitose, Otaru Canal, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and then get great views at Mt. Moiwa. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of The Former Otaru Branch of Mitsui Trading Company, examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo journey app .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Otaru, Spas
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The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

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