11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Otaru
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

3
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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sapporo tour itinerary maker tool .

George Town, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from George Town to Sapporo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from George Town in November, with highs in Sapporo at 6°C and lows at 3°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station.

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Traveling by train from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Otaru sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Nature Parks
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Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line

2
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Village Ski Resort, admire the local landmark of Yoteino Wakimizu, then walk around Ukimido Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Silo Viewing Platform. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Traveling by car from Otaru to Niseko-cho takes 1.5 hours. December in Niseko-cho sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Yoteino Wakimizu, Onsen Resorts
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Ukimido Park ©
Ukimido Park

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.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate travel planner .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Hakodate takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Onsen Resorts (in Chitose) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and don't miss a visit to Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Muroran, Onsen Resorts, Lake Toya
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

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