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3 nights in Japan (Thur, Fri, Sat) in October - What to do?

Winnipeg, Canada
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3 nights in Japan (Thur, Fri, Sat) in October - What to do?

I'm attending a conference in Kanagawa, Japan in October. At the end of the conference, I will have three nights (Oct 11 through 14 I fly out on Sunday afternoon). I'm really not sure where is the best place to go for that limited amount of time.

My goals: I'd like to stay at an onsen ryokan for one two nights. I'm not big into cities, so would like to not be in Tokyo. Ideally, I'd have a day to explore a shrine and a temple and a day to do something in nature (hike with views or vistas) and really just unplug.

With the time constraints I cannot venture too far from the Tokyo area. Was contemplating Lake Kawaguchiko. But cannot ignore Nikko or Kyoto (I know it is a city but really has some amazing stuff there too... just cannot see the chance to stay in an onsen ryokan.

Suggestions would be appreciated!

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Tsukuba, Japan
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1. Re: 3 nights in Japan (Thur, Fri, Sat) in October - What to do?


It is good to go to Kyoto, if you have 2,3 day there. This is the orthodox plan. Here is my article for what to see in Kyoto.


Here are my recommendation for what to eat in Kyoto.


(2) is Kikunoi Roan, not Kikuni Roan)


Mid Oct. is the best time to go to Nikko because of the Autumn Colors there. But, at the same tine, it is very crowded in the weekends and thus if you go there, I recommend to arrive there on Oct. 11 to avoid the traffic jam in Irohazaka Steep Winding Road in weekends in the season. You should book your hotel at Oku-Nikko or around Lake Chuzenji on Oct 11, 12 now.


If you fly back to Winnipeg from Narita Airport at 16:15 flight, there is a direct bus leaving Kawaguchiko at 10:30, arriving Narita Airport at 14:10.

Kyoto and Kawaguchiko:

If you can move to Kyoto on Oct. 11, you have 1 day for Kyoto on Oct 12, and can take a Shinkansen Hikari Superexpress from Kyoto to Mishima transfer to Express Bus from Mishima to Kawaguchiko as follows, and stay at an Onsen Ryokan there on Oct 13: but this is a little rush.



Nakano, Japan
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2. Re: 3 nights in Japan (Thur, Fri, Sat) in October - What to do?

If you wish to make it simple, just consider Hakone (for onsen) and Kamakura (for temple) - those are in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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