A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Osaka vs. Sapporo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Osaka or Sapporo?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Osaka or Sapporo, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Osaka or Sapporo?

Osaka

The third largest city in Japan, Osaka has a lot to offer travelers. It's at the center of the Kansai region, and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. The city sits at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay and is a major commercial hub for the country.

Osaka has a humid subtropical climate with four seasons. The winters are mild with January temperatures having an average high of almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is very rare. Springs start cool and become hot and humid. This is also the wettest season with the rainiest time being between May and early July. Summers are hot and humid with July temperatures climbing into the high 90s Fahrenheit. The fall season becomes cooler as winter approaches.

Sapporo

Capital of the northern Japanese island Hokkaido, Sapporo is a city surrounded by mountains and known for its beer, skiing, and annual snow festival with stunning ice sculptures. As host to the 1972 Winter Olympics, the city limits are dotted with ski jumps, hills, and popular ski resorts still in use today.

Which city is cheaper, Sapporo or Osaka?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Osaka is $71, while the average daily cost in Sapporo is $88. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Osaka and Sapporo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Osaka $36
    Sapporo $53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Osaka $72
    Sapporo $106
Compare Hotels in Osaka and Sapporo

Looking for a hotel in Osaka or Sapporo? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Osaka


Hotels in Sapporo


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Osaka Hotel Prices and Sapporo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Osaka $12
    Sapporo $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Osaka

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Osaka:


  • Subway
    $8.18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Osaka

Also for Osaka, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Osaka Private Transfer from Osaka central to Kansai International Airport (KIX): $539
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019: $398
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019: $398
  • Kyoto: Private Transfer to or from Kansai Airport: $337
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018: $323
  • Osaka Private Transfer from Osaka central to Itami Airport (ITM): $314
  • Osaka ITM Airport to Main Osaka door to door Private Transfer 9 seats Hiace: $289
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van: $269
  • Osaka Airport Transfers : Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van: $256
  • Private Departure Transfer : Osaka City to Kansai International Airport: $242
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car: $218
  • Osaka Airport Transfers : Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car: $218

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sapporo

Also for Sapporo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Shin Chitose Sapporo Airport Grand Limousine Transfer: $411
  • Shin Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo City: Private Transfer: $200
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Ski Resort in Hokkaido to Shin Chitose Airport: $156
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to Shin Chitose Airport: $62
  • Private Transfer in Hokkaido - Shinchitose Airport to Niseko: $658
  • Private Transfer - Sapporo to CTS Airport (9-seater) Legal Driver Guaranteed: $212
  • Private Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to New Chitose Airport: $242
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sapporo to New Chitose Airport (CTS): $151
  • Private Airport Transfer: Between New Chitose Airport (CTS) and Sapporo: $286
  • Niseko: Private Transfer to/from New Chitose Airport (CTS): $452
  • Horseback-Riding in a Country Side in Sapporo - Private Transfer is Included: $210

Is it cheaper to fly into Osaka or Sapporo?

Prices for flights to both Sapporo and Osaka change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Osaka $20
    Sapporo $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Osaka

For Osaka, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Street Food Tour Around Dotonburi Canal: $9.84
  • Takoyaki Cooking Class: $13
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Namba, Osaka: $30
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Temma, Osaka: $30
  • (Online)Popular Japanese pancake and miso soup cooking: $31
  • 2-Hour Kuromon Market Walking Street Food Tour: $36
  • Local Secrets Food Tour in Osaka: $37
  • Osaka Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience!: $40
  • Walkabout Food Tour in Osaka: $43
  • Okonomiyaki Cooking, The Heart of Osaka: $57
  • Lunch Box Bento Set Cooking: $74
  • Home Cooking Class: $76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sapporo

For Sapporo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Enjoy a Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Local in Her Residential Sapporo Home: $59
  • Enjoy a Japanese Cooking Class with a Charming Local in the Heart of Sapporo: $67
  • Japanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Local Professional in her Lovely Home: $67
  • Japanese cooking class in Sapporo: $71
  • Sapporo Bar Hopping Food Tour: $79
  • Japanese Food tour in Sapporo (Hokkaido): $123

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Osaka $15
    Sapporo $14
Typical Entertainment prices in Osaka

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Osaka's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Osaka Aquarium (for 2)
    $31

Tours and Activities in Osaka

For Osaka, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Way Day Tour Osaka - Takayama via Biwako, Kanazawa and Shirakawago: $159
  • 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Osaka): $379
  • 2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Osaka: $39
  • A Complete Kimono Experience in Nara: $62
  • Amanohashidate,Ine,Miyama Kayabuki no Sato 1-day tour: $933
  • Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour: $144
  • Bus Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion and Kyoto Tour: $135
  • Cosplay Photo Experience in Osaka: $48
  • Day trip to Nara from Osaka or Kyoto, World Heritage Sites and deer park tour: $419
  • Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours: $64
  • Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience: $109
  • Eat, Drink, Cycle: Osaka Food and Bike Tour: $96

Tours and Activities in Sapporo

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sapporo.

  • Bike Tours By Locals, Sapporo city and riverside cycling: $50
  • CLONE OF Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch: $86
  • Farm Tomita, Blue Pond, and Shirahige Waterfall Private Tour with Licensed Guide: $497
  • Full-Day Private Guided Tour Ainu Culture from Sapporo: $620
  • Furano and Biei Day Tour: $465
  • Furano and Biei One-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle from Sapporo: $878
  • Furano and Biei Taxi Day Tour: $104
  • Half-day Sapporo city and nature Tour: $118
  • Hokkaido Private Walking Tour: $369
  • Lake Toya and Noboribetsu Hell Valley Day Tour: $443
  • Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch: $86
  • Mt. Moiwa Ropeway / Moriscar Ticket: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Osaka $9.62
    Sapporo $6.67

Sample the Local Flavors in Osaka

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Osaka:

  • Osaka Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $20
  • Private Tour - Fashionable Pub Crawl at Osaka, Enjoy the Japanese Alcohol!: $98


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Osaka and Sapporo, we can see that Sapporo is more expensive. And not only is Osaka much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Osaka would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Osaka and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Sapporo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sapporo than you might in Osaka.


When is the best time to visit Osaka or Sapporo?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Osaka or Sapporo in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Osaka and Sapporo.

Osaka is a little warmer than Sapporo in the summer. The temperature in Osaka is usually 28°C (82°F) in July, and Sapporo stays around 21°C (69°F).

Osaka usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sapporo during summer. Osaka gets 183 hours of sunny skies, while Sapporo receives 179 hours of full sun in the summer.

Osaka gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Osaka usually receives more rain than Sapporo. Osaka gets 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain, while Sapporo receives 74 mm (2.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Osaka 28°C (82°F) 
    Sapporo 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Sapporo in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Osaka as well as Sapporo.

In the autumn, Osaka is much warmer than Sapporo. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Osaka in October are around 19°C (66°F), and Sapporo is about 11°C (52°F).

In the autumn, Osaka often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Sapporo. Osaka gets 159 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sapporo receives 156 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sapporo. Osaka receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Osaka usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Sapporo. Osaka gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Sapporo receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Osaka 19°C (66°F) 
    Sapporo 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Sapporo in the Winter?

Both Sapporo and Osaka are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Sapporo can be very cold during winter. In January, Osaka is generally much warmer than Sapporo. Temperatures in Osaka average around 6°C (42°F), and Sapporo stays around -5°C (24°F).

Osaka usually receives more sunshine than Sapporo during winter. Osaka gets 140 hours of sunny skies, while Sapporo receives 99 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sapporo. In January, Osaka usually receives less rain than Sapporo. Osaka gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Sapporo receives 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Osaka 6°C (42°F) 
    Sapporo -5°C (24°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Sapporo in the Spring?

Both Sapporo and Osaka during the spring are popular places to visit.

Osaka is much warmer than Sapporo in the spring. The temperature in Osaka is usually 15°C (59°F) in April, and Sapporo stays around 7°C (44°F).

In the spring, Osaka often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Sapporo. Osaka gets 176 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sapporo receives 183 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Osaka. Osaka usually gets more rain in April than Sapporo. Osaka gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Sapporo receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Osaka 15°C (59°F) 
    Sapporo 7°C (44°F)

Typical Weather for Sapporo and Osaka

Osaka Sapporo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) -5°C (24°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Feb 6°C (43°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) -4°C (24°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) -0°C (32°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 20°C (67°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 24°C (74°F) 204 mm (8 in) 17°C (62°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 157 mm (6.2 in) 21°C (69°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in) 17°C (63°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Nov 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 4°C (40°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) -1°C (30°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)


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