25 days in Japan, Malaysia & Singapore Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Langkawi, Malaysia
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Singapore, Singapore
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Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Asakusa Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Semba Boadwalk and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Mito (Kairakuen Park, Kobuntei, &more), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yokosuka) and Kashima Jingu (in Kashima). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, take a stroll through Ueno District, get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa, and steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Hōzen-ji Temple. Visit Osaka Castle and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Akashi (Okura Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach), Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya) and Kobe (Mt. Maya, Suma Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Noten Daijin Ryuoin Temple, and get outside with Osaka Fureai no Mizube.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto attractions app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 4 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Do your shopping at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall and Nu Sentral. Get outdoors at Batu Caves and Dark Cave Malaysia. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Lumpur: Pantai Remis (in Kapar), Bagan Lalang Beach (in Sungai Pelek) and Banting (Morib Beach & Pantai Kelanang Beach). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Suria KLCC Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamek Mosque, get a taste of the local shopping with BB Park Bukit Bintang, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur road trip site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Kuala Lumpur in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Malaysia Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect Kuala Lumpur to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Langkawi.
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Langkawi, Malaysia — 3 nights

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
We've included these beaches for you: Pasir Tengkorak Beach and Cenang Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Langkawi Mangrove Tour by Bard and Langkawi Saga Shopping Centre. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Cenang Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Langkawi Thean Hou Temple, stop by Langkawi Craft Complex, and explore the striking landscape at Langkawi Geopark.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Langkawi trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Singapore.
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Singapore, Singapore — 3 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Clarke Quay and VivoCity. Discover out-of-the-way places like East Coast Park and Battlebox. There's much more to do: take in the views from The Helix Bridge, shop like a local with Orchard Road, steep yourself in history at Chijmes, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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Traveling by flight from Langkawi to Singapore takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April in Singapore, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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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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Malaysia travel guide

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An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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