5 days in Otaru & Niseko-cho Itinerary

5 days in Otaru & Niseko-cho Itinerary

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5 days in Otaru & Niseko-cho Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  12​h 45​min
1
Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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 18th (Fri), look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, take in the views from Asakusa Bridge, make a trip to Otaru Canal, then get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Otaru travel route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Otaru is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Otaru. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, things will get cooler in Otaru: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru  Aquarium ©
Otaru Aquarium
Otaru Denuki Koji ©
Otaru Denuki Koji

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nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): head outdoors with Niseko Village Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Rusutsu Resort, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Niseko-cho planner .

You can drive from Otaru to Niseko-cho in 1.5 hours. October in Niseko-cho sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Rusutsu Resort, Silo Viewing Platform
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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Rusutsu Resort ©
Rusutsu Resort
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort

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