15 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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15 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Shirakawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lotte World and National Museum of Korea. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip builder tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Seoul is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Seoul at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Insadong ©
Insadong
Lotte World ©
Lotte World
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and SpaWorld. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Seoul to Osaka by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

4
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Shirakawa, Japan

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Yukiwari Canyon and then take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): walk around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, get engrossed in the history at Fukushima Prefecture Cultural Center Shirakawa-kan (Mahoron), explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, then take an in-depth tour of Kominejo Catsle History Museum, then walk around Nanko Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myokanji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shirakawa day trip planning website .

Drive from Kyoto to Shirakawa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in December; daily highs in Shirakawa reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen

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