15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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15 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Step out of Hakodate with an excursion to Hakodate Nanae Snow Park in Nanae-cho--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planner.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, expect Hakodate to be colder, temps between 1°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Niseko-cho (Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area & Niseko Village Ski Resort), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Yoichi-cho (Asadaen Farm, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, & more). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, appreciate the history behind Lieutenant Lerch Statue, and get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hakodate to Kutchan-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hakodate in February: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Yoichi-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Farm Tomita (in Nakafurano-cho), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Asahidake Natural Hiking Route) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake, hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, and walk around Hoppo Yasoen.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planner .

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Asahikawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, expect nights in Asahikawa to be about the same, around -7°C, while days are little chillier, around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan, Furano Ski Resort, Shirogane Blue Pond
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (Asakusa Bridge, Otaru Canal, & more) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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