41 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

41 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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41 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sapporo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 5 nights
Bus + Train:  3​h 30​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

5
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Niseko Hanazono Resort and Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort. Get some cultural insight at Royce' Chocolate World and Sapporo Clock Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, hit the slopes at Sapporo Teine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo journey planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Sapporo is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Sapporo reach 0°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Niseko Hanazono Resort, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Arte Piazza Bibai, Royce' Chocolate World
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Senjokaku and Mazda Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Former Naval Academy (in Etajima), Okunoshima Island (in Takehara) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Misen Wild Woods, & more). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route website .

You can fly from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in December: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum, Okunoshima Island, Former Naval Academy
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Arima Onsen and Mt. Koya. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Hozenji Yokocho. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle, Shoshazan Engyoji, & more), Kawasaki Good Times World (in Chuo) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino, steep yourself in history at Izanagi Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Himeji, Koya-cho, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Izanagi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

3
nights
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Horyu-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Mt. Wakakusa. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Tanzan Shrine) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, explore the galleries of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and make a trip to Nara National Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Nara are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple, Joruri Temple, Kashihara Jingu, Muroji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto Railway Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Miyazu to see Amanohashidate about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, get great views at Mt. Kurama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), and wander the streets of Gion.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Amanohashidate
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

5
nights
Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Visit Nunobiki Kannon and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Otari-mura (Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort & Tsugaike Natural Park), Mt. Tateyama (in Tateyama-machi) and Myoko (Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort & Akakan Ski Area). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Hakuba, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, and hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura visit planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, Hakuba-mura is slightly colder than Kyoto - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Myoko, Otari-mura, Nunobiki Kannon, Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, Mt. Tateyama
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Happoone ©
Happoone
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Mitsumine Shrine and KidZania Tokyo. Popular historic sites such as Kashima Jingu and Kinomiya Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Yanaka, admire the landmark architecture of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder .

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Singapore.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kashima Jingu, Kinomiya Shrine, Pola Museum of Art, Samukawa Shrine, Katori Jingu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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.
Battlebox and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum will appeal to history buffs. The Helix Bridge and The Intan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Singapore to Sentosa Island to see Skyline Luge Sentosa about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with City Scoot, look for all kinds of wild species at MacRitchie Nature Trail, wander the streets of Chinatown, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Singapore road trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Singapore by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Singapore Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Singapore at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Skyline Luge Sentosa
Highlights from your plan
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
City Scoot ©
City Scoot
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail

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