Please advice on my itinerary. My friend and I will arrive in Tokyo July 3rd and leave July 17th. Is the itinerary below too ambitious? Even though this is a sightseeing tour, we don’t want it to be too hectic. Originally, the itinerary below had Mt. Koya for one night. Should we also see this? Is it worth it? We like history, culture, architecture, food, but, of course, too much of something is bad. Since, we are backpacking I think we have a lot of room for changes in our itinerary but I would like to know if all of these towns/cities are a must see. In case we would like to spend an extra night in one place and just “drop” the other. We would like to enjoy the trip. Also, how far is Gunma from Tokyo? My friend would like to see this town/city. (Note: I got this suggested itinerary from www.japan-guide.com)
Day 1: Arrive at Narita Airport, and spend the remaining day in Tokyo.
Day 2-4: Spend two full days in Tokyo and one day in nearby Kamakura. Kamakura is an easy day trip from Tokyo.
Day 5: From Tokyo, make a day trip to Nikko.
Day 6: In the morning, travel from Tokyo to Takayama (4.5 hours) and spend the afternoon and evening
Day 7: Leave Takayama in the afternoon for Kyoto (3.5 hours) and spend the evening exploring Kyoto.
Day 13: Get up early and spend a few more hours on Miyajima. Leave the island around eleven for Himeji (2 hours). Spend the afternoon exploring Himeji Castle. Return to Tokyo in the evening (3-4 hours).
Day 14: Spend full day in Tokyo
Day 15: Depart Japan from Narita Airport
Thanks in advance for the advice!!!!