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First trip to Japan - 3 weeks, summer 2018

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Hello! I'm thinking about a trip to Japan next summer (June-July) for 3 weeks, for me, hub and our 12 year old son. I've just started researching but it looks like Tokyo and Kyoto are musts, and I'd like to add in time in the mountains and at a beach (if possible and worthy).

Is Hakone the best place to go for the spectacular alp scenery? We love stuff like cable cars, gorges, short hikes (2-4 hours), fabulous view points, hanging bridges or whatever they have that's interesting.
What about Nagano? It would be cool to see the monkeys there.
Is there somewhere else that we should consider, that wouldn't be too difficult to get to and enjoy as non-Japanese speakers?

Where to go for a few days of beach time?
I've read some about Okinawa and the pics look great, but it might be too expensive and time consuming to get to one of the islands, and I'm wondering if there's anti-American sentiment there due to the military bases? If it's worth the time and money, which island and how do you get there?
What about Shirahama Beach? The pics of the empty beach look wonderful. The pics of the beach with 5 million people don't look so appealing. :) I'm wondering if that's just peak weekends in late summer, or throughout the summer, or what? I wouldn't want to go to any beach that's crazy packed.

Any other recommendations for a family with a 12 year old? I'm guessing he will like the first few temples and shrines, but probably won't want to do that day after day, all day. We love animals, science, cool architecture, funky stuff, nature and spectacular scenery.


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