57 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

57 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Sendai, Japan
— 3 nights
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Niigata, Japan
— 3 nights
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Shizuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 4 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Okayama, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kitakyushu, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
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Singapore, Singapore

— 4 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Thian Hock Keng Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Sentosa Boardwalk. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Orchard Road, get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Mariamman Temple, and browse the exhibits of Battlebox.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Singapore trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Singapore is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Singapore Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Billund in April, things will get much warmer in Singapore: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 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 Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo planning app.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Tokyo takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:

Sendai, Japan

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Visit Entsu-in Temple and Risshaku-ji Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shiogama Shrine and Zuihoden. Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Shiogama Seafood Market (in Shiogama), Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Bay, Zuiganji, &more) and Yamagata (Yamagata Retro Museum & Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, browse the different shops at S-Pal Sendai, explore the galleries of Aoba Castle Museum, and don't miss a visit to Sendai Station.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sendai holiday tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Niigata, Japan

— 3 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Get some historical perspective at Akatani Cycling Road and Niigata Gokoku Shrine. Yahiko Shrine and Hakusan Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Park & Yahiko Station) and Shibata Castle (in Shibata). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, get to know the fascinating history of Yasuragitei, and steep yourself in history at Enkinkan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Niigata trip planner.

Drive from Sendai to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in April, Niigata is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Shizuoka, Japan

— 3 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Visit Kazurayama Castle Ruins and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Higashi Gomon Gate. Get out of town with these interesting Shizuoka side-trips: Mishima Taisha (in Mishima) and Atami (Kinomiya Shrine & Izusan Jinja Shrine). There's lots more to do: stop by Kokkoan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Shizuoka castle.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shizuoka road trip planner.

Getting from Niigata to Shizuoka by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Niigata in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shizuoka, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Nagoya, Japan

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For shopping fun, head to Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten or Sakae. Popular historic sites such as Nagoya Castle and Ise Grand Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Inuyama (Inuyama Castle & Inuyama Jokamachi), Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, &more) and Hikone (Ryotanji Temple, Hikone Castle, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Seinan Sumiyagura, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip website.

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and stop by Gion.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder tool.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

Nara, Japan

— 4 nights

Ancient City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Todai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo and Nara Family. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Tenrikyo Church (in Tenri) and Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Mount Miwa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll through Yoshikien, don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

Osaka, Japan

— 4 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Osaka Castle and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online route planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Kobe, Japan

— 4 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Popular historic sites such as Nakayama-dera Temple Gohyakurakando and Ishoan are in your itinerary. Head to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Kobe Harborlandfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Sumoto Castle (in Sumoto), Wakayama (Kamayama Shrine, Kimiidera Temple, &more) and Awaji (Izanagi Shrine & Awaji Highway Oasis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), contemplate the long history of Yodoko Guesthouse, and wander the streets of Kitano Ijinkan-gai.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Himeji Castle and Ikuno Ginzan will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan and Piole Himeji. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Ako (Remains of Ako Castle, Ako Oishi Shrine, &more) and Asago (Takeda Castle Ruins & Ritsuun Gorge). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and get in on the family fun at Himeji Central Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Himeji sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Okayama, Japan

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki and AEON MALL Mall Okayama. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ohara Museum of Art and Kibitsu Shrine. Explore Okayama's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Japanese Rural Toy Museum), Ritsurin Garden (in Takamatsu) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro, Kotohira-gu, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Odarayosemiya Ato, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Okayama day trip tool.

You can drive from Himeji to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Okayama, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Do your shopping at Itsukushima Gekijyo and Schmoe House. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Daishoin Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Okayama to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Kitakyushu, Japan

— 3 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Get a sense of the local culture at Usajingu Shrine Jogu and Usajingu Shrine. Tokoji Temple Five Hundred Arhats and Akama Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Karato market (in Shimonoseki), Usa (Usa Shrine Haraidokoro & Usa Shrine Gegu) and Akiyoshido (in Mine). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle, snap pictures at Blue Wing Moji, and stop by Mojiko Retro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kitakyushu online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daytime highs in Kitakyushu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kushida Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Osakana Tengoku and Iwataya Hontenfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Ito Sai Sai (in Itoshima), Tosu Premium Outlets (in Tosu) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Tenkai Inari Shrine). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, and wander the streets of Nakasu District.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Japan travel guide

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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.