Home to pretty treasures, Machida is Japan's best kept secret. When planning a trip to Machida, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Tokyo. Attractions in Tokyo include Meiji Jingu Shrine, Ueno Park, Roppongi. Also, to reach Machida, you'll have to take a flight to Tokyo; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Machida.
Don't just take a trip, let the trip take you! Have a enjoyable time at Machida.