9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Kamikawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 4 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate itinerary builder app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hakodate is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, with highs in Hakodate at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho journey planner.

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakodate in March, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko Village Ski Resort, Mt. Yotei Spring Water
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Akadake Ginsendai, explore the activities along Daisetsu Kogen Swamp, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, then get outside with Susoaidaira, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kamikawa-cho trip builder .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 4 hours. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of -5°C in Kamikawa-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Susoaidaira, Kurodake
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Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Kurodake ©
Kurodake
Akadake Ginsendai ©
Akadake Ginsendai

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), head outdoors with Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then head outdoors with Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort, and finally stroll around Hoppo Yasoen.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Asahikawa driving holiday website .

Drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Asahikawa when traveling from Kamikawa-cho in March, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoppo Yasoen
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort ©
Asahikawa Kamui Ski Resort

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, and make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sapporo online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Jigokudani
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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