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1st time to Japan with a 3 y.o. and 1 y.o.

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Hello and thank you in advance.

My wife and I are apparently crazy and decided to bring our very active 3 year old and 1 year old boys to Japan. We are landing in Osaka on June 14 and departing Tokyo on July 1. We're currently booked for 3 nights in Osaka (we land at 8pm the 1st night, so that night and the next day will surely be lost to jet lag and exhaustion), 6 nights in Kyoto, and 7 nights in Tokyo. I would love to reduce Kyoto and Tokyo down to 5 and 6 nights, respectively, and insert 2 nights in a 4th, more rural, destination in Western Honshu between Kansai and Tokyo. I've been looking at the Japan Alps or Hakone, among others, but would really appreciate some advice from parents who have taken small children to Japan.

1) It looks like Kyoto and Tokyo have SO much to do, especially for small children (and adults who act like small children) and there are so many possible day trips from these locations. Am I shortchanging myself if I reduce the nights down to 5 and 6 for Kyoto and Tokyo, respectively?

2) Is 2 nights in any possible 4th destination going to be enough time to arrive, settle in, and relax, considering that we will be dragging 2 small children with us?

3) Where would you recommend as a 4th destination for small children? My sons would love the snow monkeys outside Nagano, but the Japan Alps seem like such an out of the way place for just 2 nights. We would never have time to see more than 1 place, so perhaps it would be better to save it for a future trip when we can spend the time to really take it all in?

Thanks so much for your help! None of the guide books are really oriented to someone in my position!

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