9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sapporo
Drive:  30 min
1
Otaru
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
2
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Furano
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Monbetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Tsurui-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Makubetsu-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
9
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
End: Sapporo

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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.
To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Otaru day trip app .

Sapporo to Otaru is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip site .

Drive from Otaru to Sapporo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sapporo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
On the 24th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort and then don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Furano trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for little chillier nights in Furano, with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

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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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa online day trip planner .

You can drive from Furano to Asahikawa in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Asahikawa are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monbetsu.
Highlights from your plan
Asahikawa Station ©
Asahikawa Station

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Monbetsu

Monbetsu ©
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Okhotsk Tower, get curious at Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okhotsk Tokkari Center.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monbetsu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Monbetsu takes 2.5 hours. December in Monbetsu sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Monbetsu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Okhotsk Tokkari Center ©
Okhotsk Tokkari Center
Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA ©
Okhotsk Tower ©
Okhotsk Tower

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Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Kawayu Onsen Station, explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, then don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monbetsu to Teshikaga-cho takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tsurui-mura.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Bihoro-cho
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Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout

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Tsurui-mura

Tsurui-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Tsurumidai.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tsurui-mura online road trip planner .

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Tsurui-mura in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Makubetsu-cho.

Things to do in Tsurui-mura

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tsurumidai ©
Tsurumidai

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Makubetsu-cho

Makubetsu-cho
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Makubetsu-cho holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Tsurui-mura to Makubetsu-cho takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tsurui-mura in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -9°C in Makubetsu-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Makubetsu-cho

Museums

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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 29th (Sat): wander the streets of Motomachi, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, appreciate the history behind Hokkaido Dai Ippo no Chi Monument, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hachimanzaka, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, make a trip to Cha Cha Nobori Daisan-saka, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Makubetsu-cho to Hakodate in 6 hours. Traveling from Makubetsu-cho in December, things will get a bit warmer in Hakodate: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park