17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Sapporo Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Sapporo Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Kyoto
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Sapporo
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zojo-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno District and National Museum of Western Art. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Shirahata Shrine (in Fujisawa) and Enoshima (Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau & Enoshima Daishi Temple). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, wander the streets of Kagurazaka, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

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Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 50°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fujisawa
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kamigamo Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toji and Nishi Honganji. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, and contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Visiting Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Sapporo Teine will get you outdoors. Visit Hokkaido Jingu and Nishino Shrine for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Kutchan-cho (Rhythm Base, Hirafu & River Rafting & Tubing), Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose) and Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, stroll around Moerenuma Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaitaku Shrine, and make a trip to Minapa.

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You can fly from Kyoto to Sapporo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 23°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Niseko-cho, Royce' Chocolate World
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
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Okurayama Lookout

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