9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10 h
1
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
5
Hakodate
— 1 day
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu sightseeing planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Noboribetsu is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in June, with highs in Noboribetsu at 20°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Oyunuma ©
Oyunuma

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 27th (Thu), make a trip to Cape Shakotan, take in the waterfront activity at Shimamu Beach, and then make a trip to Cape Kamui.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Shakotan-cho tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Shakotan-cho in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Noboribetsu in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shakotan-cho, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Zoo, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Asahikawa Ekimae.

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Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Asahikawa takes 4 hours. June in Asahikawa sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Otaru Canal and Mt. Okura Observatory. Appreciate the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. The adventure continues: make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, and wander the streets of Susukino.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Sapporo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
day
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, then wander the streets of Motomachi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate attractions planning app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Hakodate are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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