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Japan family trip in late Dec

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We are a family with two older children (13 and 10), and thinking of going to Japan over 20 Dec-1 Jan (approximately). This is not our first visit though previous visits were only during summer holidays to visit family friends. I'd be keen to get some idea for where to visit/what to do in colder climate.

1. I can speak Japanese, and we'd probably consider renting a car so off the beaten track is ok. Parents are not a big fan of Tokyo, though we'll be flying in/out of Tokyo. We usually rent a cottage (kasha besso) and prefer an self-catering option.

2. The teenager is not interested in temples, shrines, or museums ("it's boring!"). The pre-teen is not interested in Disney ("it's too childish!") or skiing. We've done Ghibri museum already.

On a more nitty-gritty level, is Okinawa going to be warm enough for either sunbathing or snorkelling? Is Hakone too cold or too snowy for hiking/trekking? Is there a some kind of snow festivals in Hokkaido? What kind of things would teenagers enjoy?

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    Have you considered going to the Sanin region from Izumo to Tattori? Your children should enjoy that area--I don't know why more tourists don't visit that interesting yet rural area of Japan. In Izumo, you can breeze through the important shrine there (it's a nice walking area to the temple, lined with shops), and then head to the Himonisaki Coast, where there is a cool lighthouse, and lost of walking trails on the rugged coastline. After that, you can spend a few days in Matsue, which has a nice castle. Be sure a take the fun boat ride around the moat, which includes a singing guide, and you are required to duck down for low passage across bridges. The Iwami silver mines are also in that area, and may interest the children.

    The coastline going toward Tottori is fascinating, with lots of little fishing villages, and if you speak Japanese, you can start up conversations with "granny" who of course, will adore your darling children, who at this point, will start to enjoy their trip. I made two notable stops on the trip between Matsue and Tottori: One was to climb to the top of a hill in Yonago in order to get a 360 degree view of the city. The other was the historic city of Kurayoshi. You can also visit Mt. Daisen in this area.

    You can end your trip in Tottori, where your children can roll down the hills at the sand dunes, and the city itself has some nice parks.

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