11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hokkaido trip planner
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Sapporo — 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Shibusawa Soko, Otaru Canal, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, stroll through Mt. Moiwa, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo travel route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Sapporo to be colder, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Asahikawa.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks
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Asahikawa — 1 night

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 13th (Tue): make a trip to Asahikawa Station, fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, then get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, and finally walk around Hoppo Yasoen.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa online travel route planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Kutchan-cho — 1 night

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 14th (Wed), head outdoors with White Isle Niseko, fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, then get outside with Niseko Village Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Kutchan-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Kutchan-cho can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakodate.
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas
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Hakodate — 2 nights

City of Lights

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 15th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then take a stroll through Motomachi, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Hakodate are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Noboribetsu — 2 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip planner.

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas
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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
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