16 days in Sapporo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Sapporo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Tram:  5 h
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Hokkaido Jingu and Fushimi Inari Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hokkaido University Museum and Hokkaido University Agricultural Department Farm 2. Step out of Sapporo with an excursion to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery in Yoichi-cho--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Teine, take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, Sapporo is much colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

6
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Toji. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Nagoya) and Myogen-in (in Oharu-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Sapporo to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sapporo in February, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Otsu, Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Myogen-in
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

6
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.
Visit Hase-dera Temple and Koyasan Okunoin for their historical value. Omiwa Shrine and Toshodai-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, and make a trip to Kinpusenji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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