10 days in Sapporo, Kobe & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Sapporo, Kobe & Osaka Itinerary

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10 days in Sapporo, Kobe & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  5​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4​h 15​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sapporo Art Museum and The Hokkaido University Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Sankaku Market (in Otaru) and Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Chitose Outlet Mall Rera). There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, and take in the exciting artwork at Sanroku Design.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Sapporo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bangkok to Sapporo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Shopping Baths

Side Trips

Chitose, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, Sankaku Market
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Thermal Spas
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kobe Harborland and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. Get some cultural insight at UCC Coffee Museum and Nishinomiya Shrine. Explore Kobe's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Japan Toy Museum) and Nojima Fault Preservation Museum (in Awaji). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), examine the collection at Koshien History Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Minatogawa Shrine.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Kobe in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kobe: highs are around 13°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji, Nishinomiya, Nojima Fault Preservation Museum
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Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba). On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Pontocho ©
Pontocho

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