8 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

8 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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8 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly + Train:  10 h
1
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
4
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
5
Singapore, Singapore
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then stop by Dotonbori.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, with highs in Osaka at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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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 27th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Sukuji Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions site .

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
On the 28th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Jurong Bird Park and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Chinatown, see the interesting displays at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palawan Beach, then kick back and relax at Tanjong Beach, and finally head off the coast to Southernmost point of Asia.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Singapore trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Singapore in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ishigaki to Singapore. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, expect nights in Singapore to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
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Jurong Bird Park ©
Jurong Bird Park
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo

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