16 days in Sapporo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Sapporo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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16 days in Sapporo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
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.
Visit Hokkaido Jingu and Fushimi Inari Shrine for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Hokkaido University Museum and Hokkaido University Agricultural Department Farm 2. Step out of Sapporo to go to Yoichi-cho and see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Teine, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and stroll through Okurayama Lookout.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planning tool .

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. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Myogen-in (in Oharu-cho) and Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Atsuta). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight 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. In February, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Otsu, Myogen-in, Atsuta Jingu Shrine
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Okunoin and Horyu-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Toshodaiji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muroji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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