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Seeking Help with First Trip to Japan

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My husband and I are finally going to Japan next September. Just nabbed 2 BC FF seats on ANA. First full day in Tokyo Sept 3. Depart Tokyo Sept 20.

Background/interests: We will be 78 (husband) and 71 (me) when we go. We have average energy but do not wish to rush from shrine to shrine. We like a leisurely pace. My husband likes cities, I like country. We both are very interested in all things cultural: kabuki, tea ceremony, architecture, calligraphy, textile making, sumo, meditation and much more. We would rather enjoy one or two outstanding gardens, shrines, or temples in a city than see a lot of them. If its realistic we’d like to keep nightly lodging to an average of $250 per night with the exception of nights in a ryokan where we will pay whatever it costs for a special experience and a couple of nights in a splurge hotel/inn/lodging somewhere.

Here are the places that appeal to us after having done some reading and my reviews of some trip reports.
I’ve indicated number of day or nights. Please give feedback.
Tokyo 2 days at beginning of trip in one part of town - flying in to NRT
Kyoto -5 days/nts
Nara 2 days/1 nt
Kamazawa 2 days
Hiroshima 1nt Miyayima
Kamikawa 2 days
Takayama 3 days (because takes 1/2 day train each way)
Tokyo 2 days fly out of HND

We are concerned about finding our ways in train stations (Kathie’s experience in Tokyo was not inspiring) and spending hours getting lost in big cities.
Thanks Japan hands,
Robbie

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