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14-Day Japan, Beijing, and Singapore Tour

14-Day Japan, Beijing, and Singapore Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
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Begin your trip in Japan, exploring Tokyo's modern vibrancy, Kyoto's ancient traditions, and the scenic landscapes of Osaka. Then, venture to Beijing, discovering the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the harmonious blend of history and modernity. Conclude your journey in Singapore, a melting pot of cultures, vibrant markets, and futuristic architecture. This thoughtfully curated itinerary offers the perfect blend of historical exploration, cultural immersion, and urban vibrancy, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a comprehensive experience across three captivating destinations. Book now for an unforgettable Asian adventure.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:14±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$3500p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

 

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Learn about Japanese emperors by visiting the Imperial Palace and the Meiji Shrine.

the Imperial Palace of Japan

Enjoy steaming matcha on a small island in the lake at Hamarikyu Garden.

A view from the teahouse

Absorb the profound message of peace in Hiroshima.

the Hiroshima Dome with sakura

Take a leisurely stroll through Nara Park and interact with over 1,200 tame deer.

feeding the deer at Nara Park
the tag of ah hand picked

Explore a Top-Ranked Section of the Great Wall

the Great Wall of China

Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City

the Forbidden City

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

The itinerary serves as a mere example of a personalized tour, designed exclusively for you.
Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
Tokyo Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Tokyo. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Tokyo Discovery | The Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine: Escape the city and find tranquility at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Explore the serene walking paths in the forest and experience the peaceful ambiance of the shrine buildings. Try traditional Shinto activities like making offerings, buying charms, or writing wishes on ema. You might even catch a traditional wedding procession on Sunday mornings. Don't miss the vibrant festivals at shrines, big or small!

Sensoji Asakusa: Visit Tokyo's oldest temple, Sensoji, for a cultural experience. Admire the sacred statue of Kannon and the striking gates. Explore Nakamise Dori, a lively marketplace filled with vibrant stalls. Inhale the aroma of holy smoke and try your luck with fortunes. Sensoji Asakusa is a must-see destination that embodies Tokyo's rich history.

Sensoji AsakusaSensoji Asakusa

Hama-rikyu Gardens: Find solace in the heart of downtown Tokyo at Hama-rikyu Gardens. These scenic gardens were once exclusively reserved for the Imperial family and are now open to the public. Take time to visit the floating teahouse for a traditional Japanese refreshment. Experience the harmonious blend of nature amidst the modern cityscape at Hama-rikyu Gardens.

Sumida River Cruise: Embark on a scenic Sumida River Cruise offered by Tokyo Cruise. Enjoy the picturesque views as the water buses connect you to various locations, including Asakusa, Hamamatsucho, Toyosu, and Odaiba Kaihin Park. Tokyo Cruise has been operating for over 100 years, beloved by locals for its convenience. Relax and explore the busiest parts of the city with these affordable and charming steamboats.

Tokyo Skytree: Take in the breathtaking views of Tokyo from the soaring Tokyo Skytree. Standing at 634 meters, it offers panoramic vistas of the city. On clear days, you may even catch a glimpse of majestic Mt. Fuji. Ascend the tower to witness Tokyo's grandeur and embrace the vastness of the cityscape.

Day 3
Tokyo Discovery | Kawaguchiko Lake and Sengen Shrine

Begin at Kawaguchiko, the largest lake, and enjoy a scenic pleasure cruise to witness the awe-inspiring natural beauty. Discover the Itchiku Kubota Museum, showcasing the captivating kimono creations of renowned artist Kubota Itchiku.

KawaguchikoKawaguchiko Lake

After a delicious included lunch featuring hearty local specialty hoto noodles, drive around Lake Saiko and Lake Shojiko, soaking in their picturesque landscapes. Catch glimpses of the mysterious Aokigahara Sea of Trees Forest, birthed after a Mt. Fuji eruption.

End the day with a visit to Sengen Shrine, a historic shrine in the lush cedar forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji. This sacred place holds great cultural significance as the entrance to the Yoshidaguchi climbing trail.

Please note that clear views of Mt. Fuji are weather-dependent. Conclude your tour as you return to Tokyo, having experienced the beauty and spirituality of the Fuji Five Lakes area.

Day 4
Tokyo Discovery | Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market: Explore Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Market, renowned for fresh seafood. While the inner market has moved, the outer market remains a vibrant area with food stalls and shops offering seafood, produce, and Japanese delicacies. Try a variety of fresh seafood like sushi and grilled fish, and sample Japanese treats such as rolled omelets and rice crackers. Don't miss the chance to take a food tour to experience the market's diverse offerings.

Sushi makingSushi making

Sushi-Making: Experience with Lunch Get an insider's look into sushi-making and the fish market. Tour one of the world's largest seafood markets with a guide, learning about fish catching, distribution, and sales. Then, join a sushi-making class with a master, creating your own nigiri sushi. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a satisfying lunch.

Day 5
Tokyo to Kyoto by Train | City Transfer

Hanami Along the Sumida River: Celebrate hanami, cherry blossom viewing, along the scenic Sumida River. Delight in the vibrant view as cherry blossom trees bloom during springtime. Take a riverboat ride for picturesque riverbank views and witness people gathering under the cherry blossoms for hanami picnics.

Day 6
Kyoto Discovery | Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market: Explore the famous Nishiki Market, a traditional and vibrant food market in Kyoto, Japan. This centuries-old market offers a wide array of fresh and seasonal foods, creating an authentic and unique atmosphere. Join locals and fellow tourists in discovering the diverse flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine. Sample sushi, pickles, mochi, and matcha from various vendors, allowing you to savor the essence of Kyoto's culinary heritage.

Nijo CastleNijo Castle

Nijo Castle: Visit Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the rich history and magnificent architecture of this monumental castle. The massive site includes fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, and meticulously designed gardens. Experience the grandeur and beauty of Japan's feudal past as you explore the castle and its enchanting surroundings.

Day 7
Kyoto Discovery | Arashiyama and Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Arashiyama, a designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. Enjoy the stunning autumn colors and explore the bamboo grove, take a Sagano train or Hozugawa River Boat ride. Nearby, visit the tranquil temples of Tenryuji and Jojakukoji.

Bamboo Grove: Walk through the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto. Experience the magical atmosphere created by the sunlight filtering through the bamboo leaves.

bamboo groves at ArashiyamaBamboo Grove

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion): Marvel at Kinkakuji, a Zen temple covered in gold leaf. Visit the exquisite structure with a scenic pond and learn about its history and reconstructions.

Afternoon Tea with a Maiko (or Geisha): Enjoy an authentic traditional tea experience with a Kyoto geisha or maiko. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture with songs, dances, games, and photo opportunities.

Hanami along Philosopher's Path: Witness the beauty of cherry blossoms along the Philosopher's Path, a serene stone pathway in Kyoto's Higashiyama district.

Philosopher's Walk: Take a leisurely stroll along the Philosopher's Walk, lined with cherry blossom trees. Explore the local neighborhood with a knowledgeable guide and enjoy a coffee at a quaint café.

Day 8
Kyoto Discovery | Todaiji temple and Nara Park

Begin your exploration at Todaiji temple, housing the world's largest wooden building and Japan's largest Buddha. Marvel at the impressive architecture and serene atmosphere of this ancient temple.

Todaiji templeTodaiji temple

Next, visit Kasuga Taisha shrine, established in 768 AD and renowned for its extensive collection of bronze and stone lanterns. Experience the spiritual ambiance as you explore the shrine grounds.

Afterward, take a leisurely stroll through Nara Park, home to over 1,000 friendly and freely roaming deer. Enjoy their company and capture memorable moments amidst the natural beauty of the park.

Day 9
Private Transfer from Kyoto to Hiroshima | Chichu Art Museum

Begin your adventure by joining a guided journey in a private car to Uno Port. From there, you'll board a ferry to Naoshima Island. Prepare to immerse yourself in the artistic wonders that await you.

On Naoshima's eastern coast lies the picturesque port town of Honmura. This charming town is home to the Art House Project, where abandoned houses, workshops, temples, and shrines have been transformed into captivating art installations by both local and international artists. Explore this unique collection, with art houses scattered throughout the town. Though unassuming from the outside, each house reveals breathtaking artistic visions on the inside.

Make your way to the extraordinary Chichu Art Museum, nestled into a hillside overlooking Naoshima's southern coast. Designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao, this modern art museum is mostly hidden underground, utilizing natural light to illuminate the artwork. As you explore, you'll be captivated by the interplay between art and the surrounding natural environment.

Before bidding farewell to Naoshima, visit the remarkable Benesse House Museum. This contemporary art museum seamlessly integrates art into the scenic landscape. Marvel at the diverse exhibits and innovative installations that grace this extraordinary space.

Day 10
Hiroshima Discovery | Peace Memorial Park

Begin your day with a visit to Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the 1945 Atomic Bomb. Take a reflective walk through the park, exploring memorials and statues, before entering the Peace Memorial Museum.

Peace Memorial MuseumPeace Memorial Museum

Next, take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, recognized for its iconic Floating Torii Gate. Discover the ancient shrine, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the island's sacred atmosphere.

Savor local treats like maple leaf-shaped cakes as you wander through Miyajima's shrines and temples. Conclude your day by returning to your hotel, cherishing the memories of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island.

Day 11
Hiroshima to Osaka and Beijing | City Transfer

Our guide will arrange a private car transfer for you from Hiroshima to Osaka. From there, you will catch a flight to your next destination, Beijing.

Day 12
Beijing Discovery | The Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall

Forbidden City Emperor's Tour: Embark on a guided tour of the Forbidden City, where our knowledgeable guide will take you through 12 carefully-selected spots. Unlike other group tours that visit only 6-8 places briefly, our tour provides a more in-depth exploration.

the Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City

Learn about the magnificent architecture, rich history, fengshui principles, and artistic wonders of this imperial palace. As you wander, discover spots associated with famous historical figures from two dynasties. Hear captivating stories about the hardworking emperors, the longevous empress dowager, and the talented concubines. Imagine the lives they led in this grand city.

Mutianyu Great Wall Adventure: Experience the splendor of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, renowned for its stunning landscape and meticulously-restored architecture. As the top-ranked section on TripAdvisor, it offers unparalleled beauty. Located approximately 1.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing, it is the most child-friendly section with various modes of exploration.

Mutianyu section of the Great WallMutianyu Great Wall

To optimize your time, we have arranged a round-trip cable car ride, saving you from climbing numerous steps. Enjoy free time to explore the wall at your own pace following your guide's introductions. The cable car ascends and descends from tower 14, allowing you to embark on the "golden route" hike between the 14th and 23rd watchtowers. This picturesque stretch is considered the most beautiful and interesting part of the Great Wall. The hike takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Descend and board a bus for a convenient transfer back to our vehicle.

Day 13
Singapore Discovery | Chinatown and Little India

Embark on a captivating journey to Singapore's major ethnic enclaves, unraveling the tale of how this city-state has blossomed into the vibrant cultural melting pot it is today. Begin your exploration in Chinatown, a bustling fusion of tradition and modernity. Stroll through the vibrant streets, where traditional medicinal halls and goldsmith shops coexist with trendy hotels and restaurants. Don't miss the awe-inspiring Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a striking scarlet-red monolith honoring Chinese heritage. Continue to the historic Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu temple. Admire the ornate exterior as you delve deeper into its spiritual depths, still actively used by Tamil Hindus.

Next, venture into Kampong Glam, the Malay ethnic quarter and the city-state's oldest urban neighborhood. Pause at the landmark Sultan Mosque, crowned by its impressive golden dome, the largest of its kind in Singapore. Immerse yourself in the rich Malay culture as you explore the area's shops, offering traditional wares and exquisite fabrics. Continue to Arab Street, where you can indulge in the aromas of handmade perfumes and marvel at the traditional Malay dresses on display.

Little IndiaLittle India

Conclude your day in Little India, a vibrant and colorful district that encapsulates the meeting point of Singapore's diverse cultures. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you navigate the wet markets, food courts, and bustling shopping areas that make up this unique tapestry.

Day 14
Singapore Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Singapore Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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