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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arab Street and Asian Civilisations Museum. Popular historic sites such as The Helix Bridge and Sentosa Boardwalk are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Siloso Beach, get engrossed in the history at Changi Chapel and Museum, wander the streets of Little India, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Singapore.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Singapore trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Singapore Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Singapore at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garosu-gil and Ssamzigil. Seoul Anglican Cathedral and Hwaseong Fortress will appeal to history buffs. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Eulwangni Beach in Incheon, approximately Incheon away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ihwa Mural Village, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Seoul takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Seoul. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough 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.
On the 6th (Sun), ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza and then stroll around APEC Naru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress and then wander the streets of Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street.

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Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a stroll through Kagurazaka, then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and then wander the streets of Ueno District.

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Fly from Busan to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Busan in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the flight 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.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then 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.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough 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.
On the 13th (Sun), take a stroll through Minami (Namba), take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for 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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