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Would appreciate your input on draft itinerary

Aldie, Virginia
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Would appreciate your input on draft itinerary

My first trip to Japan (husband has been before). The air tickets from the USA in and out of Tokyo Narita are already booked, but I haven't made any hotel or train reservations yet.

Monday, 22 October through Friday, 26 October Tokyo (5 nights)

Monday, Arrival mid-afternoon

Tuesday, Tokyo East Side

Wednesday, Day trip to Kamakura

Thursday, Tokyo West Side

Friday, Day trip to Hakone with guide

Saturday, remaining Tokyo Museums and/or shopping

Saturday, 27 October and Sunday, 28 October Takayama (2 nights)

Monday, 29 October Kanazawa (1 night)

Tuesday, 30 October through Thursday, 1 Novembe Kyoto (2 nights)

Thursday, 1 November return train to Tokyo Narita area (afternoon/evening)

Friday, 2 November Return flight from Narita (morning)

4 replies to this topic
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1. Re: Would appreciate your input on draft itinerary

My personal advice:

1) I don't think you need to book for a guide for Hakone at all.

2) Kyoto two nights seem a bit too short (and you might not have time for Nara); you might cut one night for Tokyo and add to Kyoto.

Edited: 05 August 2018, 05:46
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2. Re: Would appreciate your input on draft itinerary

I would stay in Tokyo only 3 nights initially and stay in Kyoto for 5 nights. See Nara, which means no need to see Kamakura (the real deal is better than the copy). Kyoto is the top tourist destination in Japan for many reasons. Tokyo is not.

I also favor more nights in Kanazawa over Takayama, but your trip.

Honolulu, Hawaii
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3. Re: Would appreciate your input on draft itinerary

Skip Kamakura day trip. Add that day to Kyoto so you can do a day trip to Nara. Include Kamakura only if you weren't leaving Tokyo area but since you're going to Kyoto, skip it.

If you are going to Hakone with hopes to see Mt Fuji be prepared that you may not see it due to weather.

I did 1 night Takayama and 2 nights Kanazawa with a stopover for 3 hrs at Shirakawago on my way to Kanazawa.

To see if a JR Pass will be useful for you



or use hyperdia.com to check fares

puerto princesa
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4. Re: Would appreciate your input on draft itinerary

Kyoto is such an interesting place with lots to see. We stayed there 4 days last year and could easily have spent two more. Try to spend 3 full days in Kyoto if possible.

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