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

— 2 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Helix Bridge and Sentosa Boardwalk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arab Street and The Changi Museum. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Siloso Beach, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Singapore, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Luge Sentosa, and get engrossed in the history at Asian Civilisations Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Singapore travel route planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Singapore, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Singapore reach 90°F and lows reach 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garosu-gil and Eulwangni Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ihwa Mural Village and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Seoul Anglican Cathedral, wander the streets of Insadong, steep yourself in history at Gwanghwamun Gate, and walk around Banpo Hangang Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Singapore to Seoul in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Singapore to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in March: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 53°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 9th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza and then stroll around APEC Naru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Geumjung Mt. fortress and then take a stroll through Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stop by Kagurazaka, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and then take a stroll through Ueno District.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then take some stellar pictures from Sagano, then admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.