Hello fellow Fodorite.
I’m embarking on my first trip to Japan in May 2016 with the itinerary listed below. I had initially planned on combining this trip with a visit to Hokkaido, but after further research I feel like Hokkaido is a destination that shouldn’t be combined, adding to the time of year I’ll be visiting, which would mean that Hokkaido will probably be just starting to wake up from its winter hibernation, so I’ll save Hokkaido for its own separate trip.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Depart: 5/11 –Leave IAD
Arrive: 5/12 – Narita – Hiroshima (flying directly)
5/13 – Hiroshima with day trip to Miyajima
5/14 – Hiroshima (maybe another day trip to Miyajima)
5/15 – Hiroshima – Kyoto
5/16 to 5/20 – Kyoto (with day trips to Nara and Okayama)
5/20 – Kyoto – Takayama
5/21 – Takayama
5/22 – Takayama – Kanazawa
5/23 – Kanazawa
5/24 – Kanazawa to Lake Kawaguchi
5/25-5/28 Lake Kawaguchi
5/28-5/31 - Tokyo
6/1 – Fly home
From reading many of the trip reports, I know that some thinks an overnight in Miyajama is worth doing and I don’t disagree that it doesn’t, but I would rather not do that and will just day trip it from Hiroshima. I also would prefer not to overnight in Okayama. I think a day trip from Kyoto would be sufficient for what I want to see.
The problem that I’m having is going from Kanazawa to Mt. Fujii for a couple days before heading to Tokyo for my final leg of the trip. It doesn’t appear to be an easy way to get from Kanazawa to Lake Kawaguchi without having to go through Tokyo.
Also it doesn’t appear that a JR Pass would be of any significant savings if I’m using hyperdia.com correctly.
Should I add or take away any days from any of the destinations? I would prefer not to add any more overnights and only consider day trips. All comments/suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance,
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