21 days in Japan, Singapore & Dubai Itinerary

21 days in Japan, Singapore & Dubai Itinerary

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21 days in Japan, Singapore & Dubai Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States

5
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.
Hase-dera Temple and Kōtoku-in will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka), Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Omotesando, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip maker .

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 81°F and lows about 69°F. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchi, Moroiso Shores, Waku Pond
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Let the collections at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Art Postcard Gallery and Shop Kyoto Benrido capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara Park (in Nara), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Dotonbori). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Gion, get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle, Nara Park
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
On the 10th (Tue), take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21, then wander the streets of Omotesando, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): wander the streets of Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and finally wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Battlebox. Head to Little India and Orchard Roadfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Singapore side-trips: Sentosa Island (Sentosa Boardwalk & Siloso Beach). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at National Museum of Singapore, and take in the pleasant sights at The Southern Ridges.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Singapore trip planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Singapore in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in September, things will get a bit warmer in Singapore: highs are around 90°F and lows about 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Tanjong Beach ©
Tanjong Beach
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©

3
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
For shopping fun, head to The Dubai Mall or Dubai Gold Souk. Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and Mesquita Jumeirah for their historical value. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, wander the streets of Flying Cup, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jumeirah Public Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dubai trip planning tool .

You can fly from Singapore to Dubai in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Singapore to Dubai, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Singapore in September; daily highs in Dubai reach 103°F and lows reach 87°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bur Dubai Grand Mosque
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The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque
Safaris

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