Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

35 Days in Japan

Jump to last reply

Hey everyone!

It's been a dream of mine since I was little to visit Japan - especially during the cherry blossom festival. My boyfriend and I have started to discuss this trip, and since I'm such a planner, I like to work out exactly where we'll be staying, for how long, and an idea of the attractions we'll visit.

Our hopeful dates for the trip are March 27, 2014 to April 30, 2014.

We intend on each purchasing a 21-day JR pass and a 14-day JR pass, since we want to see a lot of the country.

To save money, we were looking into staying at hostels for the majority of our trip. I found a hostel chain that seem pretty nice - does anyone have anything good or bad to say about K's House? I know we also get a discount for staying at more than three of their locations. The only city that doesn't have a K's House hostel that we want to visit is Fukuoka - does anyone have any recommendations for inexpensive hotels to stay there?

I would also like some advice on our itinerary:
Depart 3/27, arrive in NRT on 3/28. Stay the night at Tokyo hostel.
Day 1: Train to Fukuoka
Day 2: Fukuoka, side trip to Dazaifu
Day 3: Fukuoka
Day 4: Train to Hiroshima
Day 5: Hiroshima, side trip to Miyajima
Day 6: Hiroshima
Day 7: Train to Kyoto
Day 8-11: Kyoto (there's just so much to see in Kyoto alone!)
Day 12: Day trip to Yoshinoyama cherry blossom viewing spot, back to Kyoto
Day 13: Day trip to Amanohashidate, back to Kyoto
Day 14: Day trip to Osaka, back to Kyoto
Day 15: Day trip to Nara, back to Kyoto (or would it be better to do two day trips to Nara, instead of Osaka? I've heard Osaka is pretty boring in comparison)
Day 16: Day trip to Himeji, back to Kyoto
Day 17: Train to Fujisan
Day 18-20: Fujisan
Day 21: Train to Takayama
Day 22: Takayama
Day 23: Train to Ito in Izu Peninsula (I know this is closer to Fujisan than Takayama is, but the rooms at this hostel are more expensive than in Takayama, and I get a higher discount for staying in Takayama first)
Day 24: Day trip to Shimoda
Day 25: Either going to the 7 waterfalls trail or staying Ito enjoying the onsen at the hostel
Day 26: Train to Tokyo
Day 27-34: Tokyo
Day 35: Fly home

Does this seem like a reasonable itinerary, or does it seem too rushed to work well?

One last thing, since this was a little long: I'm quite a picky eater - I have a no-seafood diet, and I know seafood makes up the majority of Japanese cuisine. From those who have been to Japan, is there enough Western-style food (burgers, chicken, etc.) to get by? I know it's part of travel to sample the local cuisine (and I plan to sample a little bit), I just prefer to learn about culture in other ways beside food.

Thanks everyone!

23 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report rkkwan's Nepal trip Sept 2014 - Kathmandu, Pokhara, Poon Hill Trek
  2. 2 Craig and Jeane Depart for Australia and Bali
  3. 3 Trying To Decide Between These 2 Hotels In Singapore
  4. 4 Hotels reasonable priced near the Four Seasons
  5. 5 Trip Report RHKKMKs---Just to be copy cats
  6. 6 beaches in Thailand
  7. 7 Krabi island tours
  8. 8 Anatara Riverside Bangkok
  9. 9 Effectively its absolutely appeared using a beneficial
  10. 10 Hong Kong Winter Weather
  11. 11 Need help with Myanmar itinerary
  12. 12 Trip Report My SEA trip : 2 months
  13. 13 Hong Kong Island Hotels - Far From Central
  14. 14 Travelling with 3 yr old; please comment on 10 day itinerary
  15. 15 Ryoken recommendation pls either in Tokyo;Hiroshima;Kyoto?
  16. 16 A little help with my Burma plan..
  17. 17 Travel & leisure reports Burma as one of most dangerous countries to visit
  18. 18 Staying 3 nights in Jaisalmer, what attractions we should see
  19. 19 3 1/2 weeks in Japan. Do I need dinner reservations anywhere?
  20. 20 Planning First Family Trip to Japan - Advice Needed!
  21. 21 Kyushu rail pass
  22. 22 6 full days in Yagoon
  23. 23 Juphal and dunai help needed
  24. 24 Feedback on Thailand/SE Asia initial itinerary w/ kids
  25. 25 2 Weeks Thailand Honeymoon
View next 25 » Back to the top