10 days in Kyoto, Nakatsugawa & Matsumoto Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto, Nakatsugawa & Matsumoto Itinerary

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10 days in Kyoto, Nakatsugawa & Matsumoto Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Milan

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Free Walking Tour. Unryuin and Hosenin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Daimonji and Mount Hiei. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Yoshimine-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Daitoku-ji Temple, and make a trip to Yasakanoto.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary website .

Milan, Italy to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in August: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Yoshimine-dera ©
Yoshimine-dera
Unryuin ©
Unryuin

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): trek along Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nakatsugawa sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Nakatsugawa are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

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.
On the 21st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkyuin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Okamiya Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sanbondaki Waterfall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip planning website .

Drive from Nakatsugawa to Matsumoto in 2 hours. August in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

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Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya ©
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya

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