19 days in Tokyo, Matsumoto & Osaka Itinerary

19 days in Tokyo, Matsumoto & Osaka Itinerary

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19 days in Tokyo, Matsumoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

7
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sensō-ji and Asakusa Shrine. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pola Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Chichibu (Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) & Mitsumine Shrine Okumiya), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, & more) and Kashima Jingū Shrine (in Kashima). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando, take a stroll through Kagurazaka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Chichibu, Katori Jingu Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Naritasan Omote Sando
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsumoto Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, and then explore the activities along Pond Tashiro.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto road trip website .

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get little chillier in Matsumoto: highs are around 65°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Anrakuji Temple
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Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Anrakuji Temple ©
Anrakuji Temple
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

8
nights
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 Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Higashiyama (Chion-in Temple, Tofuku-ji Temple, & more), Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Toji, Kennin-ji Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online trip maker .

Take a train from Matsumoto to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Koya-cho, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Kashihara Jingu
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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