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Planning trip to Japan in early 2013

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Hey there. I am planning a 2-week trip to Japan in 2013. I've made some reservations in Tokyo and Kyoto for late Feb, early March. Part of the reasoning was going when it was off-season, taking advantage of some rollover vacation time, and hopefully successfully flying on a Buddy Pass a friend is getting for me (which will cut down on my budget).

I live in New York City, so I don't mind the cold . . . but I was wondering what the weather would be like that time of year and it it was worth it making it the first two weeks of March, rather than Feb-Mar.

I haven't set my itinerary in stone. I do know it makes more economic sense for me to fly in and out of Tokyo and take the train to Kyoto and back. I want to divide my time equally among both places, but my original plan was to spend more time in Kyoto than Tokyo. Not sure if it may be better to give myself more time in Tokyo to deal with jetlag.

I'm staying in budget ryokans I found on Booking.com. The Ryokan Kamagawa Asakusa in Tokyo and Nakomi Ryokan Yuu in Kyoto. Any experience with these?

I'd also love any advice as to what to do. I feel really overwhelmed with how much I see in the guide books. I do know I want to--see some Kabuki if there's any on, visit temples and shrines (I'm a Buddhist), hit a flea market in Tokyo (I collect fountain pens, and Japanese ones are my favorite, and I've been told there are some good finds here), and I love sake and tea (I have never done a Japanese tea ceremony). Any advice and budget savers welcome!

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