18 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

18 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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18 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tsurui-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Biei-cho
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 in touch with nature at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Denshin Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Arte Piazza Bibai and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Tomakomai (Michinoeki Utonaiko & Northern Horse Park), Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, identify plant and animal life at Shinsennuma, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary maker app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, expect Sapporo to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Otaru, Tomakomai, Muroran, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, Shinsennuma
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Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Motomachi and Kyu Soma-tei. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trappist Monasteries and Hokkaido Konbukan. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Esashi-cho (Kaiyomaru & Old Nakamura Residence) and Onuma Lake (in Nanae-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and get into the urban bustle at Hakodate Community Design Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hiyama-gun, Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Trappistine Monasteries ©
Trappistine Monasteries
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Kamui Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Shakotan-cho takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shakotan-cho: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamuiwakka Falls and Onnebetsu River. Popular historic sites such as Raiun Shrine and Abashiri Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Abashiri (Abashiri Coast & Ryuhyo Glass Museum) and Kitanemuro Ranch Way (in Nakashibetsu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kashuni Falls, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, and stroll around Izuminomori Raiun Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakotan-cho to Shari-cho. In October in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Kitanemuro Ranch Way
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Shari ©
Mt. Shari
Kashuni Falls ©
Kashuni Falls
Abashiri Coast ©
Abashiri Coast

1
night
Tsurui-mura

Tsurui-mura
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tsurui-mura trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Tsurui-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tsurui-mura are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Wildlife Parks Shopping

2
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shirogane Blue Pond. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Furabi. Get outdoors at Shirahige Falls and Mt. Midori. Change things up with these side-trips from Biei-cho: Nupukano Sato (in Shihoro-cho), Yukomanbetsu Swamp (in Higashikawa-cho) and Anpanman Shop Furano (in Furano). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Biei-cho trip maker .

Drive from Tsurui-mura to Biei-cho in 4.5 hours. October in Biei-cho sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Asahikawa, Furano, Kamikawa-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Nupukano Sato
Highlights from your plan
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Onsen Resorts

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