12 days in Hokkaido & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Hokkaido & Osaka Itinerary

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12 days in Hokkaido & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Sapporo
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
3
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), then hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo tour itinerary builder app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, Sapporo is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 6°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Kyoto (Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, Gion, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Jikko Cutlery, and admire the masterpieces at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip website .

You can fly from Sapporo to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Sapporo in November, plan for much warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 10°C. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Jikko Cutlery Sakai
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Takimi no Yu, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock.

Make your Shari-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Osaka to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in November, things will get slightly colder in Shari-cho: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

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