19 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

19 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Singapore, Singapore
— 1 night


Singapore, Singapore — 3 nights

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at St Andrew's Cathedral and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Singapore City Gallery and Bukit Brown Cemetery. There's much more to do: tour on your own time with City Scoot, wander the streets of Emerald Hill, buy something for everyone on your list at Raffles City, and see the interesting displays at The Gem Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Singapore online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Singapore is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Singapore is minus 2 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Singapore reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Seoul.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea — 5 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.
Namhansanseong Provincial Park and Gilsangsa Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Ikseon-dong Hanok Street and Love Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae) (in Suwon) and Donggureung (in Guri). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Seoul City Wall, walk around Haneul Park, see the interesting displays at World Jewellery Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoul Central Mosque.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul holiday planner.

Getting from Singapore to Seoul by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Singapore to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 21°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

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 Arona Spa Hanare Shinjuku Kabukicho and Hozomon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kyu Iwasakitei Teien and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and get engrossed in the history at Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel website.

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hyakumanben Chionji Temple and Rokkakudo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kotoin and Genkoan. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), stroll through Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Konchi-in, and make a trip to Yasakanoto.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Osaka, Japan — 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Singapore.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Singapore, Singapore — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Andrew's Cathedral and then head outdoors with City Scoot. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bukit Brown Cemetery, wander the streets of Emerald Hill, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Raffles City.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Singapore route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Singapore takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Osaka in October, expect Singapore to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

South Korea travel guide

History Museums · Shopping · 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.

Japan travel guide

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.