37 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

37 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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37 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Chiba, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kamakura, Japan
— 2 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fujiyoshida, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
Beppu, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Nagasaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Naha, Japan
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Nago, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  5​h
13
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
14
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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Chiba, Japan

Chiba ©
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): walk around Naritasan Park, then steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1, and finally walk around Sakura no yama Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Villa of Dembee Kamiya in Inage, get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chiba route maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Chiba is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Chiba. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for little chillier days in Chiba, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Chiba

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Narita
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin ©
AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin
Sakura no yama Park ©
Sakura no yama Park

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Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), make a trip to Kamakura Komachidori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), then take in nature's colorful creations at Nagakubo Park, and finally step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kamakura online visit planner .

Getting from Chiba to Kamakura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fujisawa
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then look for gifts at Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

1
night
Fujiyoshida, Japan

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
You've now added Fuji Five Lakes to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and then contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujiyoshida in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Fujiyoshida, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fuji Five Lakes
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:
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Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Dotonbori, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in April, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel route planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Beppu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Beppu, Japan

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Tsurumi. On the 4th (Mon), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tsurumi. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, then make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Beppu day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Beppu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Beppu hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Kinrin
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts

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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, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Beppu to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Beppu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay May 5 — 10:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then appreciate the views at Iwakura Valley, and then contemplate the long history of Byodoin.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nara holiday tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iwakura Valley, Byodoin
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and head off the coast to Hashima Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Beppu to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Beppu in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Nagasaki, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 17th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Naminoue Beach, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Fukushu-en Garden, then make a trip to Kokusaidori, and finally don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, and then don't miss a visit to American Village.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha online vacation planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in May, Naha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nago.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Nanjo, American Village
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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Nago, Japan

Nago ©
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
On the 19th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then get in on the family fun at Nago Pineapple Park, and finally stroll around Busena Marine Park. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then take in the views from Kouri Ohashi.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nago sightseeing website .

You can take a bus from Naha to Nago in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nago can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Busena Marine Park ©
Busena Marine Park
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

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Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and then make a trip to Euglena Mall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nago to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Nago in May, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, browse the exhibits of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and get great views at Fort Siloso Skywalk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Singapore trip planning website .

Fly from Ishigaki to Singapore in 11 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki to Singapore, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ishigaki in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Singapore: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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