12 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

12 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

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12 days in Japan & Singapore Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Saitama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mito, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kusatsu-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Yuzawa-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
6
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
End: Singapore, Singapore

1
night
Saitama, Japan

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): walk around Oarata Kotsu Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, stroll around Shimin no Mori, then see the interesting displays at Japan Mint Saitama Museum, and finally join the crowd at Kawaguchi Autorace.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Saitama road trip planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Saitama is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Saitama is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Saitama hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mito.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kawaguchi Autorace, Oarata Kotsu Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Japan Mint Saitama Museum ©
Japan Mint Saitama Museum

1
night
Mito, Japan

Mito ©
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Center, stroll around Mito City Forest Park, get lost in a book at Sagawa Library, then admire the natural beauty at Howaen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kodokan Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuo-in.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mito trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saitama to Mito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saitama in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mito, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Mito

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Wildlife Center
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Mito City Forest Park ©
Mito City Forest Park
Howaen ©
Howaen
Kodokan Park ©
Kodokan Park

1
night
Kusatsu-machi, Japan

Kusatsu-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Jukambo National Museum, stroll through Yubatake, and then get in on the family fun at Kusatsu Forest Stage.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kusatsu-machi online visit planner .

Getting from Mito to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Mito in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kusatsu-machi: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake

1
night
Yuzawa-machi, Japan

Yuzawa-machi
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, get outside with Masu domari, then head outdoors with Forrest Adventure Yuzawa Nakazato, then get outside with Mt.Tairatsupyo, and finally stroll around Yuzawa Central Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yuzawa-machi driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kusatsu-machi to Yuzawa-machi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mt.Tairatsupyo
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

3
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yuzawa-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Take a break from Singapore with a short trip to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Singapore Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Singapore Flyer, enjoy some music at The Maritime Experiential Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Singapore day trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Singapore in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Singapore Time (SGT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect Singapore to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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