9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip maker website .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Osaka reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takayama online trip maker .

Drive from Osaka to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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 29th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, then contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, don't miss a visit to Horigane Bussan Center, then take in the views from Kappa Bashi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matsumoto online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Azumino
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Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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