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Takayama vs. Matsumoto

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Hi,

I'm heading to Japan with my husband in September -- we're staying in Tokyo, Kyoto and have three days in the middle of the trip to spend in the mountains. Friends of ours recently went to Takayama and Matsumoto -- they recommended Takayama between the two but I'm not convinced. I like that Matsumoto is a touch bigger, has amazing soba and can be navigated on bike. (I worry about being a little bored in Takayama, though I think we'd do day trips to Hida and Kamikochi.) Any thoughts? Is three days enough time to hit both? (Doesn't seem like it, especially since we're squeezing in 4 destinations into a 13 day trip as it is.) Is there somewhere else we should consider instead? (We're looking for something fairly rural, beautiful and different from the U.S. [we live in New York City]-- this will probably be our only time in Japan!) Would love any advice.

Also, in case you want to weigh in, here's our current itinerary:

Sept 18
Arrive in Tokyo 3:30 p.m.

Sept 19:
Tokyo

Sept 20:
Tokyo

Sept 21:
Tokyo

Sept 22:
Leave for Takayama? (looks like there are trains early and late)

Sept 23:
Takayama (day trip to Kamikochi)

Sept 24:
Takayama (biking & sake tasting in Hida)

Sept 25:
Leave for Kyoto (looks like trains are just in the late afternoon, so we'd still have the morning in Takayama)

Sept 26:
Kyoto

Sept 27:
Kyoto

Sept 28:
Flight to Hong Kong in the morning

Sept 29:
Hong Kong

Sept 30:
Hong Kong

Oct 1:
Flight to NYC in the morning

Sept

Thanks,

Rachel

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