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An extra day or two--suggestions? (Kanto, Chubu, Kinki or Chugoku)

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First off just wanted to say this forum has been super-helpful with planning my trip :) Appreciate everyone's input!

I have managed to free a day or two by tweaking my rail itinerary to make sure that I don't backtrack on a route. So now I'm trying to figure out what the best way to spend these extra days would be--I've decided that I should use one of those to add an extra day to Kyoto (from three days to four). With the other extra day, my options are:

1) Between Nikko and Matsumoto (a long train ride that would happen in the evening, which I don't really mind), to overnight in Nagano. Maybe see the snow monkeys (I heard there'a a bit of a hike?). Zenko-ji and its environs look nice too.

2) Between Matsumoto and Takayama, to overnight in Kimikochi, but again only if there are options for nice half-day to day hikes in the area? (Taking the bus to Takayama in the evening will take about an hour, so I pretty much will have a full day in Kimikochi).

3) Between Koyasan and Hiroshima (a full-on 5 hour train ride, which inevitably will happen during the day, which I plan to break up with a quick few hours stop to see Himeji Castle), to overnight in either Kobe or Himeji. Neither are particularly attractive insofar as my research goes (there's only Himeji Castle that I'd like to see, which can easily be done in transit), but perhaps I've missed something?

4) Spend an extra day in Hiroshima to do a day trip to one destination in the Takamatsu region. Not even sure if this is possible without backtracking through Fukuyama.

5) Spend an extra day in the Kyushu region. I'll be based in Nagasaki, and leaving the country via Fukuoka. Any suggestions as to another place to visit in Kyushu?

Am open to taking the extra day off Kyoto so I can use the two for more time in a different place. In a previous thread, I mentioned that my interests are mainly temple-y things for this trip, but I think I've got my itinerary pretty saturated with castles and temples and shrines as it is. A hike or two, or a nature-y/contemporary culture destination would be nice. (Still very open to temples, though, especially in a different setting to the ones you see in Kyoto!)

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