20 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Kagoshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
On the 4th (Wed), take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find maps, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
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.
You've now added Kanazawa Castle to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kanazawa Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kagoshima sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Kagoshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Senganen ©
Senganen
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip builder .

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Singapore.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Take a break from Singapore with a short trip to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, wander the streets of Little India, and appreciate the history behind Merlion Park.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Singapore trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Singapore in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Singapore is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get much hotter in Singapore: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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