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Please help with my itinerary for Japan, Part One

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As I posted on my first planning thread, I'm headed back to Japan in October - some may remember that I limped round Japan back in 2010. I'm a solo, senior, female traveler and will be using public transport. I fly into KIX from Busan, South Korea, so no jet lag. I fly home from Narita five and a half weeks later. Aside from a night in Narita I have no plans to travel north of Kyoto. After Honshu I'm figuring a week for western Shikoku, a week for Kyushu and a few days for an island south of Kyushu.

I'd like input on this itinerary for southwest Honshu. I'd also like a recommendation for a ryokan somewhere along this route (or on the other two islands) that would take a single, foreign traveler, is under $200 possible? Also, a recommendation for one splurge kaiseki meal. (Note, in general my price point for accommodation is Toyoko Inns.)

Kyoto - 7 nights.
My flight arrives at 5:20 pm, so the first night doesn't count, giving me six days, one of which will be for Nara. I'm wondering whether to spend two nights in Nara and only five in Kyoto. I did see a few things when I was in Kyoto last time, but I was limping rather badly. Since I won't arrive until early evening I'm thinking of staying near the station. Suggestions?

Okayama - 4 nights
There are several things I want to see in Okayama itself: Koraku-en, the castle, the Museum of Oriental Art. Then I will use it as a base for Kurashiki, Himeji and Imbe (Bizen pottery). Maybe it rates another night? Or maybe the first night should be a ryokan in Kurashiki?

Tottori - 1 night
I keep putting Tottori in and taking it out. CaliforniaLady speaks highly of it, but I have seen a lot of sand dunes, and will visit the Kyzyl Kum desert earlier in this trip.

Matsue - 3 nights.
Relax. Day trip to Izumo shrine.

Yamaguchi - 3 nights
Base for day trips to Tsuwano and Hagi. The train from Matsue goes through Tsuwano, so I could spend a night there instead.

That's it. from Yamaguchi I will head to Shikoku.

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