19 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

19 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at The Helix Bridge and Sentosa Boardwalk. Get a sense of the local culture at Arab Street and The Changi Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll through Siloso Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Luge Sentosa, examine the collection at National Museum of Singapore, and take an in-depth tour of Asian Civilisations Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Singapore trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Singapore. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Singapore, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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The Changi Museum ©
The Changi Museum
Arab Street ©
Arab Street
The Helix Bridge ©
The Helix Bridge

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hwahongmun Gate and Janganmun Gate. Step off the beaten path and head to Seoul City Wall and Seoul Museum of History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Dongbukgongsimdon (in Suwon), Donggureung (in Guri) and Namhansanseong Provincial Park (in Gwangju). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seoul Central Mosque, take a stroll through Ihwa Mural Village, don't miss a visit to Ikseon-dong Hanok Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Under Stand Avenue.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seoul driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Seoul takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in September, with highs in Seoul at 26°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Suwon, Donggureung, Namhansanseong Provincial Park
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Hwahongmun Gate ©
Hwahongmun Gate
Janganmun Gate ©
Janganmun Gate
Seoul Central Mosque ©
Seoul Central Mosque

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Gimhae National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Surowangbi-reung, and then steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Suro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross, then shop like a local with Shinsegae Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Provisional Capital Memorial Hall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Busan day trip website.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Gimhae
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Tomb of King Suro ©
Tomb of King Suro
Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross ©
Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross
Busan Al-Fatah Masjid ©
Busan Al-Fatah Masjid

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Tokyo, Japan

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 the less-touristy side of things at Hozomon and Fire Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin and Ota Memorial Museum of Art. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site.

You can fly from Busan to Tokyo in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Honen-in. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihikaku Senkoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Koryu-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Honen-in ©
Honen-in
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo Temple

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Osaka, Japan

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.
On the 18th (Sat), wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

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