34 days in Japan, South Korea & Singapore Itinerary

34 days in Japan, South Korea & Singapore Itinerary

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34 days in Japan, South Korea & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  10​h
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  3​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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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 your shopping at Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maxwell Food Centre and East Inspirations. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of The Helix Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Singapore tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Singapore, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Singapore reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
The Helix Bridge ©
The Helix Bridge

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Pamper yourself for a day on the 31st (Fri) at some of the top local wellness centers. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Insadong, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Singapore to Seoul in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Seoul is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in January, with highs in Seoul at 1°C and lows at -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Shop till you drop at Gallery Mare and Radium Art Center. Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 2nd (Sun) at some of the best spas. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, browse the exhibits of Gallery 604, stroll through Gwangalli Beach, and view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Busan road trip app .

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in January, with highs in Busan at 7°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Spas Museums
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Gallery Mare ©
Gallery Mare
Spas
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Matsuyama Castle and Emifull Masaki. You'll explore and learn at Yamato Museum and Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii. Venture out of the city with trips to Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Busan in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hiroshima, with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Emifull Masaki, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, Michi-no-Eki Kaminoseki Kaikyo
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

5
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 explore and learn at Hankyu Umeda Gallery and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, & more). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip builder site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Kobe
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Head to Kyoto Station Building and Maiko Antiques Kyotofor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nishiki Market, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary builder app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Minato Mirai 21. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Pola Museum of Art) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Tokyo sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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