5 days in Obihiro, Otaru & Sapporo Itinerary

5 days in Obihiro, Otaru & Sapporo Itinerary

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5 days in Obihiro, Otaru & Sapporo Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  13 h 45 min
1
Obihiro
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Otaru
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, try to win big at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track, visit Tokachimura, make a trip to Kofuku Station, then examine the collection at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old Kawahara Residence.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Obihiro day trip website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Obihiro is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Obihiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February: high temperatures in Obihiro hover around -3°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Otaru.

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Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track ©
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Kofuku Station
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Tokachimura

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Otaru

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Otaru Aquarium, look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Otaru trip planner.

You can drive from Obihiro to Otaru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Otaru sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Sapporo.

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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
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Otaru Aquarium

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Sapporo

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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.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, stroll around Odori Park, then contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
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Sapporo Clock Tower

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