17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Sapporo Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Sapporo Itinerary

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Tokyo

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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 Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau. Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno District and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Shirahata Shrine (in Fujisawa) and Enoshima Daishi Temple (in Enoshima). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take a stroll through Kagurazaka, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

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Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-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 fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Kyoto

— 5 nights
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 Shimogamo Jinja will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toji and Kennin-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; 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) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Sapporo

— 5 nights

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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 Niseko Village Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Visit Hokkaido Jingu and Kaitaku Shrine for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose) and Kutchan-cho (Rhythm Base, Hirafu & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Sapporo Teine, stroll around Moerenuma Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinshu Otani-ha Sapporo Betsuin Temple, and browse the exhibits of Minapa.

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You can fly from Kyoto to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. 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 · Historic Sites

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