29 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

29 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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29 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Darwin, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Karuizawa-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Toyama, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Kagoshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
9
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
10
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Darwin, 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.
Shibuya Crossing has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

Darwin, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Darwin in November, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 11°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

2
nights
Karuizawa-machi, Japan

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawachurch, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stone Church, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, then take in the natural beauty of Tombo no Yu, and then explore the historical opulence of Ueda Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Karuizawa-machi trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Karuizawa-machi at 14°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Ueda Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle

1
night
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then witness the site of a historic battle at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Nagano in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Matsushiro Castle ©
Matsushiro Castle

3
nights
Toyama, Japan

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple and Ishikura Machi Emmei Jizo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Green Park Yoshiime. Change things up with a short trip to Bijodaira in Tateyama-machi (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyama day trip planning tool .

Getting from Nagano to Toyama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tateyama-machi
Highlights from your plan
Bijodaira ©
Bijodaira
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Green Park Yoshiime ©
Green Park Yoshiime

2
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Takayama journey planning website .

Traveling by train from Toyama to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yodoryokuchi Park and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto route planning tool .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art
Ogonzan ©
Ogonzan
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

3
nights
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Step out of the city life by going to Sakurajima and Mt. Shiroyama. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sengan-en and Kirishima Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Minamikyushu (Chiran Peace Museum, Chirancho Gokoku Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Akamizu Tembo Hiroba, and make a trip to Tenmonkan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Kirishima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Mt. Koya in Koya-cho, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Dotonbori and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For maps and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary website .

Getting from Kagoshima to Osaka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will leave for Singapore on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chinatown and National Museum of Singapore. Get outdoors at Marina Bay and The Southern Ridges. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer, examine the collection at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and tour on your own time with City Scoot.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Singapore trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Singapore takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Singapore. Traveling from Osaka in November, things will get much warmer in Singapore: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©

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