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Please Critique my First Draft Japan Itinerary for November 2013

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Hello everyone. This is my first post in the Japan forums. I spent quite a bit of time posting over the past year in the Turkey forums and learned a lot of information that was very useful for my trip there this past August/September. I am now targeting Japan (which has fascinated me since I was in 6th grade) for my 2013 trip.

I am targeting to travel the last few days of October and then the first two weeks of November 2013. My hope is that this gives me the best chance of hitting peak fall colors season throughout Honshu, where I plan to do all my traveling.

This is the first draft itinerary I have put together. Seeing Tokyo, Hakone (for at least one day), Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima are absolute musts. The other locations highly intrigue me but I am open to alternative suggested locations. I am looking for all sorts of experiences--enjoying large cities; seeing temples, shrines and Buddhas; seeing spectacular fall colors and great nature (e.g. Mt. Fuji); great food and some fun shopping. So, here's what I have come up for a 17-day itinerary:

Day 0: Direct flight from Minneapolis to Tokyo
Day 1: Arrive Tokyo in late afternoon. Settle into city. Wander a bit in the hotel area.
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Side trip to Kamakura
Day 5: Tokyo
Days 6 and 7: Hakone (see Mt. Fuji, soak in an onsen, hike, etc.)
Day 8: Matsumoto
Day 9: Hike in Kamikochi. Visit Shirahone Onsen
Days 10-13: Kyoto
Day 14: Hiroshima
Day 15: Miyajima
Day 16: Travel by bullet train from Hiroshima back to Tokyo. Last night dinner.
Day 17: Fly home from Tokyo to Minneapolis

Naturally I have things I want to see and do on each of these days that could impact my exact order but overall, what do you all think of this general plan? In particular, does very late October/first half of November provide me the best opportunity to see maximum fall colors? Also, will it be too chilly in the Japan Alps in early November to make hiking enjoyable? (Yes, I know I'm from Minneapolis but I'll be the first to admit that I tolerate the cold, rather then embrace it.)

All thoughts are appreciated. Thank you!

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