31 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Sapporo Itinerary

31 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Sapporo Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 9 nights
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
3
Sapporo
— 7 nights
4
Osaka
— 9 nights

9
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Minami (Namba). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Hayama Suzuran Gunraku, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kifune Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka route planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Osaka is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Osaka: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Nara, Hase-dera Temple, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nezu Museum and teamLab☆Planets. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Ueno District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kashima Jingu (in Kashima), Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and wander the streets of Yanaka District.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kashima Jingu, Pola Museum of Art
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari Shrine and The Site of Temiya Line. Escape the urban bustle at Shinsennuma and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Campana Rokkatei (in Furano), Otaru (Otaru-shi General Museum & Ransima Beach) and Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Furusato Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Sapporo is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru, Shinsennuma, Furusato Beach, Mt. Yotei, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
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Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

9
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Shimogamo Jinja and Kurama-dera will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Kids Plaza Osaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Sanjusangendo Temple, Nishi Honganji, &more), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Uji (Mimurotoji Temple & Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple). See some other sides of Osaka: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town, and admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Osaka is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Uji, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Himeji Castle, Nara Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 30:
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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