19-Day Japan, China, Singapore and Bali

19-Day Japan, China, Singapore and Bali

By Nora OuUpdated Aug. 12, 2021

This trip takes you to the core of Asian cultures in Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan, Beijing and Xi'an in China, plus a flamboyant outlook at Singapore before you kick back on the beach of Bali. Encounter with beautiful Geisha ladies and cute pandas, sample authentic sushi and hotpot, no need to think twice, just get under the spell of the real Asia!ah-16

Highlights

  • Walk in Shibuya just as what Scarlett Johansson did in her movie
  • Ride on the Romance Car to visit Mt.Fuji and Shinkansen to Kyoto
  • Delicate Japanese dinner with beautiful Geisha ladies in Kyoto
  • Learn the hidden stories of the Forbidden City and scale the Great Wall with your footsteps
  • Sip tea at a local teahouse and meet pandas before you all sweat up with a hotpot in Chengdu
  • Go on a food hunt at Chinatown of Singapore with a local insider
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of Nusa Dua Beach of Bali

Journey Route

Map of Japan, China, Singapore and Bali Tour
Bob Bosshard March 11, 2020

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Tokyo Arrival
3 nights at Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Handpicked Comfort) / Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Luxury)

No matter when you come and how many times you've seen Japan, it is always hard to resist from its charms. Make your arrival in Tokyo today and you will be escorted to your hotel in a private car.

Entry flight and jetlag:

Tokyo has two international airports, Narita (about one hour from downtown Tokyo) and Haneda (about 40 minutes from downtown Tokyo). It is easy to find direct flights connected Tokyo with most major cities in western countries, with the flight duration up to 12 hours with no stop en route.
Since check-in time of the hotels in Japan is after 0200pm, we would suggest you take a flight that arrives between 0100pm and 0400pm, so that you won't meet traffic jam on the way from the airport to hotel and also you will have plenty of time to recover from jetlag.

Day 2
Tokyo City Highlights

Today you will step in some major sites in Tokyo such as Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Tsujiki Fish Market and a rickshaw ride in Asakusa taking in Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine.

Highlights of Today: Lost in Tokyo Shibuya Walking Tour
Take a 2-hour walking trip in the famous Shibuya Area with a local insider. Walk on the grounds of the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, which is a stage for the movie "Lost in Translation" featuring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johnanson, Takashita Street, Harajuku Street and Cat Street.
Take a break at a Cat Cafe (or Maid Cafe based on your own interest) and your tour guide will teach you something about the Kawaii cultures (cute cultures). Wrap up the trip with a simple sushi dinner at Genki Sushi.

What makes it special for me?
- Not on the hot list: Get to the corners of the streets and a local sushi parlor where you meet more locals and few tourists.
- Interesting talk with an interesting person: Your tour guide, a local insider, sits you down with a cup of coffee and entertain you with amusing introduction of Japan's cute cultures.

Rickshaw ride in Asakusa, Tokyo One rickshaw can take only up to 2 passengers
Day 3
Tokyo Mt.Fuji

Get on the Romance car to travel to Hakone, a famous destination not only for its Onsen (hot spring) but also for great views of Mt.Fuji, Japan's symbol.
Explore Mt.Fuji National Park and take a ropeway up Mt.Owakudani. Try out hot-spring-boiled eggs before you take a boat trip in Lake Ashinoko. At Hakone Tozan, be amazed by the world's one and only train that zig-zags up the mountain. Get back to Tokyo before night.

View of Mt.Fuji Take a ropeway ride up to Mt.Owakudani with a view of Mt.Fuji
Day 4
Tokyo to Kyoto (2h17min by Shinkansen Bullet Train)
3 nights at ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto (Handpicked Comfort) / Kyoto Brighton Hotel (Luxury)

Make your own way to the train station and ride on Shinkansen. You will be in Kyoto within less than 2 and a half hours. Feel the speed!

Panda at Beijing Zoo Take a bullet train to Kyoto
Day 5
Kyoto Cultural Highlights

Take a day tour in Kyoto to immerse yourself in her charm. Sites will include Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkakuji Temple, which are both in the outskirt of Kyoto. When you are back in Kyoto city, blend in with the locals at Nishiki Market before getting to Gion District for a special dinner with geisha ladies.

Highlight of Today: Kaiseki Dinner with Geisha (Maiko) Ladies
Despite of offering the same art perform as a mature Geisha, a Maiko is referred to a young lady in the training to become a Geisha officially. Tonight you will enjoy some elegant dancing and singing by a couple of Maiko ladies while your host prepares you with a Kaseiki Dinner.

What makes it special for me?
- Rarely-seen Maikos: No matter how Gion District sells itself as the place to meet Geisha ladies in their daily routine, it is highly unlikely to spot any Geisha in the streets nowadays. A private dinner cuts you from the common tourists and allows you a chance to learn about their lives and stories.
- Kaiseki Dinner: The very kind of special dinner that you deserve, even the serving proceedure is interesting to watch!

Maiko in Kyoto Maiko attire in red collars - one of the differences between Geisha and Maiko
Day 6
Kyoto Experience

Take a short train ride to Uji, where you will attend a traditional tea ceremony at Nakamura Tokichi Honten for about one hour.
After a simple braekfast in Uji, get to Nara where you can see saki deers roaming freely, near the temples, in the woods and by the sidewalks. Visit Todaji Temple and Nara Deer Park. Get back to Kyoto before evening.

Highlight of Today: The Way of Tea
Japanese Tea Ceremony, also called Chado, literally meaning the way of tea, is an important art form and often presented in sophisticated social gatherings or serious events. Take the chance to be a part of it at the time-honored teahouse of Nakamura Tokichi Honten in Uji.
It begins with a brief introduction of the ceremony, including the meanings, tools, tea powders and etiquettes. Later, you will be taught how to grind tea powder; walk in a traditional Japanese garden to wash your hands and mouth; get inside a small private tea room for the ceremony. (Photo and video-taking are not allowed during the ceremony.)

What makes it special for me?
- A moment of peace: Take the first round of ceremony at 1100am before big crowd flushes into the teahouse and deprives you of tranquility.
- Back to the origin: Uji is wrought with history of tea and one of the most important tea produce bases in Japan; there is no better place to experience a traditional Chado than Uji.
- Exclusively for you: The experience is performed exclusively for up to 6 guests, perfect set for families or small groups looking for real experiences.

Maiko in Kyoto Tea Ceremony in Uji of Kyoto
Day 7
Kyoto - Osaka (40min by train), Osaka - Beijing (3h30min by air)
3 nights at Novotel Peace Beijing (Handpicked Comfort) / Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall (Luxury)

Transfer to Kansei International Airport in Osaka and fly to Beijing. Transfer to hotel and free at leisure.

Day 8
Beijing History

Proudly China's capital for centuries, Beijing holds some fascinating stories just waiting for your attention. Today you will visit Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and get on a rickshaw into the Hutongs of Dongcheng District (about 20 to 40 minutes) with a chance to sample some "Baijiu" (Chinese sake, wine) at a local house.

Forbidden City in BeijingForbidden City in Beijing
Day 9
Beijing

Gear up for your visit at the Great Wall. After 1 1/2 hours of driving, you will reach the section of Mutianyu, a relatively less-crowded and more picturesque section of the wonder. A round-way cable car is included.
Visit Temple of Heaven when you are back in the afternoon. At the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner served at a famous local chain restaurant.

The Great WallThe Great Wall
Day 10
Beijing - Xi'an (2h25min by air)
2 nights at Grand Noble Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian (Luxury)

Take a flight to Xi'an.
After check-in and a short break, you will be picked up for a visit at the Muslim Quarter and then the Ancient City Wall, which stands in its best viewing time at sunset.

The Ancient City Wall at nightThe Ancient City Wall at night
Day 11
Xi'an Terracotta Awe

China's first emperor Qinshihuang has made his ambition for immortality very clear by building himself an army. Pay a visit at Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
How were these clay warriors made? How were them sized? And to be moved? Today you can have the answers by visiting a local workshop where life-size terracotta warriors are being brought out of the kiln.

Today's Highlight: How is it made?
Back in the days, there was no factory to make terracotta warriors. Every figure was hand-made in a life size by local farmers, craftmen and potters. Today, some farmers in Xianyang are still practicing the art.
They will teach you the process in details and you may have a chance to try moulding or painting. At the end of the visit, you will bring home a miniture terracotta warrior.

What makes it special for me?
- Close set: Not a common attraction but an Asia Highlights' exclusive site, only opens for your visit.
- Relive the history: Learn about every detail in making a terracotta warrior just in the same way back in history. Something to tell your friends back home or a reason to excite your kids.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'anTerracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an
Day 12
Xi'an - Chengdu (1h45min by air)
2 nights at Tibet Hotel Chengdu (Handpicked Comfort) / Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (Luxury)

Fly to Chengdu, home of pandas.

Day 13
Chengdu

Get to Panda Breeding and Research Center before the lunchtime for these cute creatures. Learn about the breeding process and life circle of a panda.
Enjoy a hotpot lunch at noon (non-spicy option is available). Locals just love to have a cup of tea whenever they feel like it. Join them at Peole's Park. Fun to watch them doing Taichi, playing Mahjong and getting their ears picked.

Panda eating bambooPanda eating bamboo
Day 14
Chengdu - Singapore (4h34min by air)
2 nights at Oasia Hotel Novena (Handpicked Comfort) / Carlton City Hotel Singapore (Luxury)

Take an afternoon flight to Singapore.

Nightscape in Singapore Nightscape in Singapore
Day 15
Singapore

Explore the enchanting city of Singapore, attractions will include Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay (with a 40min visit to the Flower Dome), Little India, Kampong Glam, Arab Stree and a boat trip from Clark Quay.
Take a special discovery tour at Chinatown to sample local cuisine.

Highlight of Today: More than Just Food
Hop on a MRT and your tour guide will lead you to Chinatown where you will try out 3 to 5 local dishes for lunch. Dishes will include rice cakes, poh piah (fresh spring roll), fried rice, Laksa, Hainan chicken rice and etc.

What makes it special for me?
- Local knowledge: Don't get fooled by some long waiting lines! Explore Chinatown with someone who knows where the food serves you best and the line runs shortest.
- Quick lunch in a special place: Leave the big meal at a fancy restaurant for your dinner if you plan to. Save some time by grabbing something quick yet delicious to eat at Chinatown.
- Food with cultures: Almost every vendor at Chinatown has their specialities and anecdotes, take them all into your plate!

Chinatown in Singapore Fried noodles made to order in Chinatown of Singapore
Day 16 to 18
Singapore to Bali (2h45min by air)

Take a morning flight from Singapore to Bali and you will be escorted to your beach hotel in Nusa Dua.
Enjoy your days in Bali!

Beach of Nusa DuaBeach of Nusa Dua
Day 19
Bali Departure

Depart from Nusa Dua with a full load of good memories. Have a safe flight back home!

Our Service Includes:

19 days from US$ 8,228 per person per night (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

Hand-Picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

Twin Room at New Otani Tokyo
Tokyo
New Otani Tokyo
Deluxe Castle View Room at ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto
Kyoto
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto
Superior Room at Beijing Novotel Peace
Beijing
Novotel Beijing Peace
Superior Room at Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel
Xi'an
Grand Noble Hotel
Deluxe Room at Tibet Hotel Chengdu
Chengdu
Tibet Hotel Chengdu
Superior Room at Oasia Hotel Novena
Singapore
Oasia Hotel Novena
Deluxe Room at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Bali
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa

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