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Requesting Opinions on a First Japan Trip this Summer 2015

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Konnichiwa minna-san! (This is the little Japanese that I know.)

I am working with a travel agent in Kyoto to plan a first-time mostly independent trip to Japan with my husband. I know this can be self-planned from reading all the great itineraries, research, suggestions, and resources here but we simply have no time to do all of it on our own right now. Hence, we're using a travel agent so we have support while traveling and everything would be booked and written out for us.

I do love and trust my travel agent after working with them for a little over a week. But I've read so many wonderful thoughts and ideas here so I want to garner the opinions and tips of expert travelers as well as newer travelers to Japan regarding my trip itinerary and if there is anything I can/should do to make it "better" though I understand that is a subjective term.

I think our objectives for the trip are to see a glimpse of the anime/manga culture, gardens, temples, at least one onsen/ryokan and really whatever is interesting, classic, must-see, and/or pretty. My husband's objectives are basically the Pokemon Center and some sort of GTR experience.

This is what our itinerary sketch looks like at the moment:

7/26 - Fly into NRT around 4pm, overnight in Tokyo, explore
7/27 - Private guided day in Tokyo visiting Tsukiji Market, Asakusa, Sensoji, Akihabara
7/28 - Nissan factory in Yokohama (if available) or day trip to Kamakura
7/29 - Nikko day trip
7/30 - Hakone day trip
7/31 - Kyoto
8/01 - Private guided day in Kyoto visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Market, and Gion
8/02 - Nara day trip, Fushimi Inari Taisha
8/03 - Kyoto, explore, Manga Museum, Arashiyama, and Moss Garden (if available)
8/04 - Takayama, independent cycling tour, staying at Ryokan Tanabe...any feedback/reviews?
8/05 - Shirakawago day trip
8/06 - Back to Tokyo (maybe stop at Matsumoto Castle on the way if transportation permits)
8/07 - Tokyo, visiting Ginza and Odaiba
8/08 - Tokyo, visiting Harajuku, Shibuya, Pokemon Center in Ikebukuro
8/09 - Fly out of NRT at 3pm...Would we have time to do anything in the morning?

I have thoughts about visiting Mt. Koya but that seems too difficult. And Kanazawa was initially a full day and overnight stay if we decide to forgo one of the days above but I wasn't sure 1 day was enough of for Kanazawa. It sounds like most itineraries recommend 1 day though. So we were thinking of saving those for a future trip.

All comments are welcome and appreciated! Yoroshiku!

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