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Japan in January with 2 children - advice appreciated

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Hi - I used to be a member in the dim and distant past, and have lurked for a while, but when I went to log on to ask a question, I couldn't remember my details, so I'm wearing a new hat :)

I'm planning to the travel to Japan this time next year (from NZ on the way home to Europe) with husband and 2 children (will be 6.5 and 3.5 at the time). I lived in Japan for a year doing the JET programme many years ago., but DH has never been, so our wishes/expectations are a bit different, and then we have to factor in the children.

I'd love a bit of advice on our planned itinerary (I know we're a little early, but I'm an advance planner!)

Actual dates are probably flexible, in case of clashing with expensive times (but I've checked and haven't found any)

10 Jan: arrive Narita about 5pm, head to hotel in Tokyo, collapse in heap after 12 hour flight with 2 active kids
11 January: Tokyo - mainly getting out and about seeing the city.
12 January: this is a Monday, so with museums closed etc we were thinking of going to Tokyo Disneyland, although reviews of all the queues are putting me off a bit.
13 January: Tokyo - Kyoto.
Thinking of trying to stay in a Machiya here - both for the Japanese home experience which I'd love the kids to experience, but also for a budget perspective, as we tend to book 2 connecting hotel rooms when we travel so we don't have to go to sleep at 7 when the youngest has had enough!
14/15 January: Kyoto. Interspersing temples and sightseeing with some more child focused stuff. I'd love to find a "cultural experience" that I could bring the girls to, but I expect 3yo just won't have the focus/interest
15 January: Kyoto - Hiroshima
16 January: Hiroshima. DH and I could spend forever doing historical stuff, but obviously that won't keep the kids occupied for long (and I'd be concerned about 6yo at the museum - I visited it in my 20s and was very affected by it - so we may need to figure something out.
17 January: Miyajima - ferry out in the morning, day there, back in the afternoon
18 January: another day in Hiroshima? I'll confess my last visit to Hiroshima was in my single, whiskey-fueled days, but I presume we'll find plenty to do for another day.
19 January: Hiroshima to ??
Original plan was Osaka and fly out of there, but it seems most flights involve either a domestic flight to Tokyo and/or cost a small fortune, so perhaps up to Narita and stay overnight there before flying out on the 20th.

A few more questions (if you've made it this far sorry I'm long-winded)
- our days are flexible so we could add an extra day or two somewhere if necessary. Kyoto? A day trip to Nara?
- I'd happily skip Tokyo (been there, done that quite a few times) but DH is very keen. Any tips for surviving it with kids (and mild claustrophobia - I embarrassingly had a massive panic attack in the middle of Ueno Station last time I was there)
- I have very basic Japanese, and will be brushing up before I go, so I'm not too worried about making myself understood, but I'd love to get 6yo involved - any experience of teaching that age the basics?
- we're planning to use the 7 day Rail Pass, so from last day in Tokyo to arrival in Narita. With all our Shinkansen trips, I'm right in thinking it will definitely be worth it? Maybe even the first class one?

Any tips or criticisms gratefully received!

Thanks!

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