8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Monbetsu
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Otaru
— 1 day
train:  45​min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Jakarta

1
day
Monbetsu

Monbetsu ©
On the 26th (Sun), engage your brain at Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okhotsk Tokkari Center, look for gifts at Ocean Communication Hall Garinko Station, then make a trip to Hamanasudori Street, then explore the world behind art at Mombetsu Museum Machinaka Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mombetsu Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monbetsu travel route planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Monbetsu is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Jakarta to Monbetsu, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in May: high temperatures in Monbetsu hover around 16°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Monbetsu

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Okhotsk Tokkari Center ©
Okhotsk Tokkari Center

1
day
Otaru

Otaru ©
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.
On the 27th (Mon), browse for treasures at Otome no Kimono, see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, take a stroll through Marchen Intersection, see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum, then hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, and finally take a stroll around Otaru City Meeting Hall.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Otaru online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Monbetsu to Otaru by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May in Otaru, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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Sankaku Market ©
Sankaku Market
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
Marchen Intersection ©
Marchen Intersection

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, browse the different shops at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, buy something for everyone on your list at Sapporo Factory, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and then look for gifts at Hokkaido Sapporo"Eat&Sightseeing" Information Museum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Otaru to Sapporo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books, contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, then examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, stroll the grounds of Grave of Tenka No Gogaiya Okia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Gokoku Shrine, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, and finally make a trip to Ekini Market.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate attractions planning site .

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Trappist Monasteries, Onuma Park Walking Path
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

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