18 days in Hokkaido & Osaka Itinerary

18 days in Hokkaido & Osaka Itinerary

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18 days in Hokkaido & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
7
Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes North Safari Sapporo, Sapporo Beer Museum and Maruyama Zoo. On the 20th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Safari Sapporo, get to know the resident critters at Maruyama Zoo, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, and finally get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo holiday builder app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get cooler in Sapporo: highs are around 6°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka tour planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. While traveling from Sapporo, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Takimi no Yu, and finally admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rausu-cho online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Osaka to Rausu-cho with the Route module. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Osaka in November; daily highs in Rausu-cho reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory, then see the interesting displays at Kawayu Eco Museum Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Kawayu Onsen Station. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bihorotoge Lookout, Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Kawayu Eco Museum Center ©
Kawayu Eco Museum Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, look for gifts at Campana Rokkatei, then explore the galleries of Takushinkan, and finally view the masterpieces at Okanomachi Koryukan Bi.Yell. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Asahikawa holiday site .

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Teshikaga-cho in November: highs in Asahikawa hover around 2°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Campana Rokkatei
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei

2
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.
Ekini Market has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, hunt for treasures at Ekini Market, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakodate online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Hakodate by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Asahikawa in November, you will find days in Hakodate are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

3
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 3rd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then laugh and play at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then see the interesting displays at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village, and finally look for gifts at Noboribetsu Dairy Farm.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu day trip planner.

You can drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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