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1st time Japan - early rough planning

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I'm planning our first trip to Japan for next spring (March/April - flexible).
From browsing through travel guides like japan-guide I think we could just go anywhere and have no lack of stuff that interests us: temples/shrines, gardens, modern metropolis vs. old neighborhoods, food.. probably the usual list. Plus "every day life", railways - museums and scenic railways.

As the country is so large (long) and one cannot see all in 12-14 days anyway, I am considering a slow-paced approach. One person in my party has some mobility issues, so the amount of daily walking has to be taken into consideration as well. So more extreme walks like a few hundred slippery steps up a hill to see a castle would be rather not be on the list. Walking on more or less even terrain is no problem.

I am thinking about focussing on the Osaka-Kyoto region (fly in/out Osaka) - change places as less often as possible. Maybe the Tokyo region is too much for us on a first visit.
Is it necessary or recommended to change places between Osaka and Kyoto? Or rather do the latter as one (or two) side trip(s) from the former (or v.v.)?
If you wanted to add one lesser populated rural, mountain or coastal area in addition to the Osaka-Kyoto metropolitan area, which one would you recommend? It does not have be a super famous location dotted with many sights, rather a smaller, slow-paced (if there is such) town or any place in the countryside.

Other factors:
Cherry blossom experience would be nice, but no major interest.
Riding highspeed / bullet trains would also be more a secondary interest.

Any other feedback - also on issues I did not ask but you think are relevent - is very welcome.

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