9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

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9 days in Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Kuantan
Fly + Drive:  21 h
1
Noboribetsu
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Kuantan

1
day
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder tool .

Kuantan, Malaysia to Noboribetsu is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuantan to Noboribetsu. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuantan in December: high temperatures in Noboribetsu hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 24th (Tue), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, then fly down the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center, and then look for gifts at Boot Solutions Niseko. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Arishima Memorial Center, then fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho road trip planning app .

Drive from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are slightly colder (0°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Spas

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Otaru Canal and Mt. Okura Observatory. Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), stroll around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, and see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Railway Museum.

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Drive from Kutchan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Sapporo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take a stroll through Motomachi, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary site .

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 December in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

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

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