12 days in Osaka Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Tokyo Prefecture Itinerary

12 days in Osaka Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Tokyo Prefecture Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Osaka

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park and Kyoto Botanical Garden. Kids will enjoy Kemasakuranomiya Park and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Suma Aqualife Park Kobe (in Kobe), Kyoto (Okochi Sanso Garden, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, &more) and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Osaka is 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in March, with highs in Osaka at 16°C and lows at 5°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

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Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateshina, then take in the pleasant sights at Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park, then hit the slopes at Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kirigamine Marshland.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto route app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Matsumoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Osaka in March, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mt. Tateshina ©
Mt. Tateshina
Tokusawa ©
Tokusawa

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Tokyo

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Former Shiba Rikyu Gardens and Saitama Children Zoo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kinuta Park and Subway Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamarokuto Science Center (in Nishitokyo), Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park (in Namegawa-machi) and Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi (in Kumagaya). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kitanomaru Park, examine the collection at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, and contemplate the long history of Nipponmaru Memorial Park.

For maps and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Edogawa Natural Zoo ©
Edogawa Natural Zoo
Saitama Children Zoo ©
Saitama Children Zoo
Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park ©
Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park

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