19 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

19 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
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Singapore, Singapore — 2 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arab Street and National Museum of Singapore. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Helix Bridge and Sentosa Boardwalk. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Siloso Beach, get your game on at Skyline Luge Singapore, take a stroll through Little India, and get engrossed in the history at Changi Chapel and Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Singapore visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Singapore dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Garosu-gil and Ihwa Mural Village. Get some cultural insight at Seoul Anglican Cathedral and Hwaseong Fortress. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Eulwangni Beach in Incheon, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Ssamzigil, wander the streets of Insadong, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Seoul takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in January; daily highs in Seoul reach 1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Busan Station Plaza and then walk around APEC Naru Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress and then take a stroll through Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Busan travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in January: high temperatures in Busan hover around 7°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 3 nights

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.
On the 26th (Thu), wander the streets of Kagurazaka, then see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and then wander the streets of Ueno District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Busan - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, take some stellar pictures from Sagano, then admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
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Osaka, Japan — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a stroll through Minami (Namba), wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online journey maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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