13 days in Japan, Manila & Singapore Itinerary

13 days in Japan, Manila & Singapore Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  7 h
1
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 day
Train + Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Shirakawa-mura, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
6
Singapore, Singapore
— 2 nights
End: Singapore, Singapore

2
nights
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Manila Bay, find something for the whole family at Enchanted Kingdom, then browse the different shops at Mall of Asia Arena, then stroll around Rizal Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Ayala Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Ayala Triangle Gardens, buy something for everyone on your list at Greenbelt Mall, then stop by SM Mall of Asia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quiapo Church.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manila sightseeing planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Manila is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Makati, Pasay, Enchanted Kingdom
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Mall of Asia Arena ©
Mall of Asia Arena
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Ayala Museum ©
Ayala Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then wander the streets of Gion, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Dotombori, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip app.

Fly from Manila to Osaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manila to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
day
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.
On the 28th (Wed), wander the streets of Akihabara and then take a stroll through Asakusa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

3
nights
Shirakawa-mura, Japan

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, contemplate the long history of Myozenji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Nagase house, and finally contemplate the long history of Kanda house.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of train and car from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shirakawa-mura: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Komatsu, Nanto
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu, examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World, then explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, and finally get great views at Sapporo TV Tower. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take a stroll through Susukino, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally walk around Odori Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo online tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Shirakawa-mura to Sapporo in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In December, Sapporo is a bit cooler than Shirakawa-mura - with highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otaru, Chitose
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World

2
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Asian Civilisations Museum, then contemplate the long history of Changi Beach, then make a trip to Singapore Flyer, and finally pause for some photo ops at Merlion Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, wander the streets of Emerald Hill, contemplate the long history of Fort Siloso, admire the striking features of NUS Baba House, then browse the exhibits of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Sacred Heart.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Singapore online vacation planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Singapore in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sapporo to Singapore due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in January; daily highs in Singapore reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Asian Civilisations Museum ©
Asian Civilisations Museum

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