17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Sapporo Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Sapporo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Austin

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno District and Nezu Museum. 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: take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Kagurazaka, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art.

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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 take a train 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
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5
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Toji will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kennin-ji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, and contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 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
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple
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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 Okurayama Lookout will get you outdoors. Visit Hokkaido Jingu and Fushimi Inari Shrine for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho), Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose) and Kutchan-cho (Rhythm Base, Hirafu & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Sapporo Teine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishino Shrine, see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, and explore the activities along Moerenuma Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary site.

Fly from Kyoto to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Sapporo are cooler (29°F), and nights are little chillier (23°F). On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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