Surprisingly, Singapore is home to the largest Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia – one with almost 1,000 graves. Donated by three Japanese brothel owners in 1891, the Japanese Cemetery Park was initially used as a burial ground for prostitutes. With the onset of WWII, however, Japanese merchants, traders, war criminals and soldiers were also buried there. Notable graves include Commander Hisaichi Terauchi who led the Japanese occupation of Singapore and Indonesia, and Yamamoto Otokichi, recognised as Singapore’s first Japanese resident. Getting there: Enter the cemetery from Chuan Hoe Avenue, Hougang. relatively untouched nature also makes it an ideal destination for lovers of the great outdoors. Check out the Chek Jawa Wetlands for marine life, or hire a bike and cycle the quiet roads and paths; or, if you’re an adrenalin junkie, take things up a notch at the Ketam Mountain Bike Park, which has trails of varying difficulty. Getting there: Take a bum-boat from Changi Point jetty.