26 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

26 days in Singapore, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Singapore, Singapore
— 8 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
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Singapore, Singapore

— 8 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Battlebox and Singapore City Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Helix Bridge and St Andrew's Cathedral. When in Singapore, make a side trip to see Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island, approximately Sentosa Island away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at National Museum of Singapore, look for all kinds of wild species at MacRitchie Nature Trail, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Singapore travel planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Singapore is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get much warmer in Singapore: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 11:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bongeunsa Temple and Jogyesa Temple. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, visit Garosu-gil, and take a stroll through Insadong.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul travel route planning site.

Fly from Singapore to Seoul in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get colder in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:

Tokyo, Japan

— 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Kencho-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of University of Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, wander the streets of Yanaka District, and contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder app.

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:

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 24th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, contemplate the long history of Honen-in, then get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Chishaku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Osaka, Japan

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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.