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21 Days Itinerary to Japan - Kindly Advise

Post by livingontheedge » Sun, 25 Oct 2015 1:54 pm

Dear all

Hoping someone experienced could help me with my itinerary to Japan - below.

Does the below work - I love to see Castles, atleast one of the Top 3 Gardens, experience and live amidst some old ancient Japan feel and I don't know experiencing something more enchanting like Yakushima forest.

10 to 15 Dec - Tokyo - include day trips to Nikko, Mt Fuji and Kamakura

16 Dec - Matsumoto, but staying at Takayama

17 Dec - Shirakawa-go

18 Dec - Kanazawa

19 Dec to 20 Dec - Yakushima

21 Dec - Nagasaki

22 Dec to 23 Dec - Nara (including day trip to Kobe)

23 Dec to 27 Dec - Kyoto (including day trip to Osaka)

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Re: 21 Days Itinerary to Japan - Kindly Advise

Post by taxico » Tue, 03 Nov 2015 2:42 pm

kanazawa is beautiful - i wished i had stayed there longer. i would spend more than 1 day there if i were you. i found it more charming than Kyoto because it felt less touristy and thus more peaceful.

if (the traditional japanese "visual") garden is what you want, the best that i have been to is Adachi museum of art... the town it is located in is also very scenic and a nice tranquil place to explore. lots of hot springs, if that's your thing.

the other would be Hitachi seaside park - the sorta park i am more accustomed to.
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Re: 21 Days Itinerary to Japan - Kindly Advise

Post by JR8 » Tue, 03 Nov 2015 4:34 pm

I take it this is a tour-group rather than something you intend to DIY? Because the language barrier can make DIY travelling around really quite challenging at times.

Either way I get a sense that the itinerary is trying to fit too much in, for example 5 days in Tokyo (does that incl the day you fly in?) but with three side-trips planned – why? You’d be leaving Tokyo barely having seen anything, and it alone has sooo much to offer... hmmm.
Nikko – Haven’t been.
Mt Fuji – I went there to climb it which was a memorable experience :) Check the climbing vs closed seasons if you’re considering climbing, even in summer it has a snowcap and can be a mighty challenge. Also bear in mind the notion that you ‘can’t see a mountain when you’re standing right next to it’. On a clear day you can see Fuji-san from Tokyo, and it’s c60 miles away! Now that’s genuinely awesome in itself, and the views could/should be better from closer but not too-close towns. So I’d suggest if not climbing, then you need a compelling reason to visit the town itself.
Kamakura – HB, wish I’d have had time, it is considered one of the best castles in JP.
The only other city I’ve visited on your list is Kyoto which was amazing. Pick a couple of temples/gardens, don’t attempt too many and end up getting ‘templed-out’ :) Maybe remind yourself that especially the temple gardens are meant to be contemplated, and to draw what’s intended out of them, in the same way as great and complex painting, it requires time.
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