40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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40 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Kushiro
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kamikawa-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Asahikawa
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
9
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Cape Chikyu (in Muroran), Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho) and Lake Toya Ranch (in Toyako-cho). There's much more to do: try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu driving holiday planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, things will get cooler in Noboribetsu: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Cape Chikyu, Lake Toya Ranch, Showashinzan
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

4
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura), Flower Parking (in Makkari-mura) and Niseko-cho (Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area & Niseko Village Ski Resort). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in March: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Makkari-mura, Fukidashi Park, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Kiroro Snow World
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

4
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.
Step out of Hakodate to go to Nanae-cho and see Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hakodate day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in March: highs in Hakodate hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park ©
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hosooka Observation (in Kushiro-cho), Hamanaka-cho (Kiritappu Cape & North Pacific Ocean Seaside Line) and Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary (in Tsurui-mura). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Akan Lake, get engrossed in the history at Hokuto Ancient Ruin Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Akan International Crane Centre, and don't miss a visit to Takimi Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kushiro driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Kushiro by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hakodate in March since evenings lows in Kushiro dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Hamanaka-cho, Hosooka Observation, Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Meakan-dake ©
Meakan-dake
Kushiroshitsugen National Park ©
Kushiroshitsugen National Park

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Sakura Falls), Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho) and Lake Onneto (in Ashoro-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Akan-Mashu National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory, and stroll around Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho trip website .

You can drive from Kushiro to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiyosato-cho, Akan-Mashu National Park, Bihorotoge Lookout, Lake Onneto
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
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Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum & Abashiri Prison Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shari, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shari-cho trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. March in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Abashiri
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Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

3
nights
Kamikawa-cho

Kamikawa-cho ©
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Step out of Kamikawa-cho with an excursion to Sugatami no Ike Lake in Higashikawa-cho--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Daisetsu Kogen Swamp.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kamikawa-cho trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Shari-cho in March, Kamikawa-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Kurodake
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Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Kurodake ©
Kurodake
Sounkyo Gorge ©
Sounkyo Gorge

5
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.
Explore Asahikawa's surroundings by going to Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Chubetsu Dam), Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Ken & Mary Tree, & more) and Furano (Ningle Terrace & Furano Ski Resort). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, head outdoors with Inosawa Ski Resort, and get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Asahikawa, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Furano, Farm Tomita, Roller Coaster Road
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, fly down the slopes at Sapporo Teine, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo online travel route planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Lake Shikotsu
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

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