22 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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22 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Nagano, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Ise, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kurashiki, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Izumo, Japan
— 1 night
+4
train + taxi + Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
8
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
9
Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 23rd (Mon), wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Takayama is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Takayama due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, and then admire the striking features of Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planner .

Traveling by train from Takayama to Nagano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in December, Nagano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Onsen Resorts
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Chusha

1
night
Ise, Japan

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Nagano to Ise takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nagano in December, expect Ise to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

3
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.
Tofuku-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Chion-in Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, see the interesting displays at Ikebana Museum, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app .

Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in December, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
Kurashiki, Japan

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kinojo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, and then step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kurashiki sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kurashiki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kurashiki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Okayama, Marugame Castle, Kinojo Castle, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

1
night
Izumo, Japan

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Izumo online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kurashiki to Izumo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Izumo can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Museums
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Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki travel route planner.

Do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Izumo to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

1
night
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 5th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kabira Park, then stroll around Banna Park, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in January: highs in Ishigaki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

4
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battlebox and Kranji War Memorial. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Helix Bridge and ArtScience Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at The Intan, get engrossed in the history at Asian Civilisations Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo.

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

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Singapore takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Singapore Time (SGT) is minus 1 hour. In January, Singapore is somewhat warmer than Ishigaki - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
The Helix Bridge ©
The Helix Bridge
National Museum of Singapore ©
National Museum of Singapore

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