31 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Sapporo Itinerary

31 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Sapporo Itinerary

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31 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Sapporo Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  16 h
1
Osaka
— 9 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Sapporo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Osaka
— 9 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Adelaide

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Hayama Suzuran Gunraku), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Adelaide, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Adelaide in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Osaka: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Koya-cho, Arima Onsen, 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.
You'll explore and learn at Nezu Museum and Fire Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi), Kashima Jingū Shrine (in Kashima) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, wander the streets of Yanaka, and enjoy some diversion at teamLab Planets TOKYO.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. 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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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji 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.
Let the collections at The Hokkaido University Museum and Sapporo Art Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Shinsennuma and Denshin Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai), Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath (in Noboribetsu) and Campana Rokkatei (in Furano). And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, get outside with Ransima Beach, and see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in September, with highs in Sapporo at 23°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Otaru, Campana Rokkatei, Arte Piazza Bibai, Furusato Beach, Mt. Yotei
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Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

9
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Head to Hankyu Umeda Honten and Nipponbashi Denden Townfor plenty of shopping. Visit Horyu-ji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Nishi Honganji, Shimogamo Jinja, & more), Sanjusangendo Temple (in Higashiyama) and Uji (Mimurotoji Temple & Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple). See even more of Osaka: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and walk around Nakanoshima Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planning site .

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. Traveling from Sapporo in September, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Uji, Nara Park, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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