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.
The Helix Bridge and Battlebox will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to The Intan and Fort Siloso. 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 a stroll through Chinatown, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Singapore, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Singapore Zoo, and identify plant and animal life at MacRitchie Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Singapore itinerary planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Singapore is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Singapore. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get much hotter in Singapore: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. On the 11th (Wed), 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 May 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bongeunsa Temple. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple. The adventure continues: stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch), and make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip tool.

You can fly from Singapore to Seoul in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in May, expect nights in Seoul to be colder, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nezu Shrine and Sengaku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, visit Ueno District, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and wander the streets of Kagurazaka.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, contemplate the long history of Honen-in, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkoan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 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 see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 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.