11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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11 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakajima Shrine, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Noboribetsu. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get cooler in Noboribetsu: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, Nakajima Shrine
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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 1st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Shikisai no Oka, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond, then get curious at Asahikawa Science Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, and then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planning app .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in November, expect Asahikawa to be a bit cooler, temps between 2°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Asahikawa Science Center ©
Asahikawa Science Center

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.
Kids will enjoy Shiroi Koibito Park and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip app .

Take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): go for a walk through Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hakodate are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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