18 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

18 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
4
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
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.
Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ueno District and Yanaka District. Step out of Tokyo to go to Saitama and see Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, catch a live event at Ryogoku Kokugikan, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
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Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kyoto Station Building and Horyu-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Toji, Kennin-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Tenjinzaka.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Horyu-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Yamato Museum and Senjokaku are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Flame. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Imaise Shrine & Daishoin Temple), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

4
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Battlebox and MacRitchie Nature Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chinatown and Kranji War Memorial. And it doesn't end there: stroll around East Coast Park, hunt for treasures at Maxwell Food Centre, admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, and browse the different shops at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Singapore sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Singapore in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Singapore Standard Time (SGT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Singapore is warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
East Coast Park ©
East Coast Park
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
Kranji War Memorial ©
Kranji War Memorial

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