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Some advice on our latest Japan itinerary please?

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I've been trying to sketch out our itinerary (again!) for our Japan trip and would appreciate any comments.

Two adults (history buffs, one who has been to Japan and has a tiny bit of Japanese, one who has never been and will only manage a couple of words). 2 children (ages 3 and 7, and generally very physical and active although they do -mostly- know how to behave in museums, churches etc)

10 Jan:
pm: arrive Narita airport. Stay in hotel near airport for recovery from long flight
11 Jan: (first day of 7-day JR pass)
am: - back to Narita to exchange JR pass, leave some luggage in storage. Train directly to Kyoto
pm: - get settled in hotel, walk around neighbourhood, visit Imperial Palace gardens for working off steam after train ride
12 Jan
Temples and general sightseeing (this is a Monday, is it going to cause major problems?)
13 Jan
More temples, more sightseeing. I'd like some sort of cultural experience for the children here, as we are now staying in a Western style hotel rather than the Japanese style home I had originally planned. Had originally thought cooking related, but now think with allergies and potential fussiness (they're good eaters, but the food will be very different), we might try something different.
14 Jan
Day trip. Possibly to Nara. Am still trying to talk husband out of hiring car to go somewhere. This may change to another day around Kyoto if we think we need it.
15 Jan
am: Train to Hiroshima
pm: Peace Park, Peace Museum
16 Jan
am early train and ferry to Miyajima. Tides seem to be against us that day, with high tides at 7am and 6pm, so not ideal times for being there with small children in winter.
pm: possibly some down time after the trip - husband might return to Peace Museum by himself (as I suspect first visit may involve having to bypass some things due to sensitive 7yo)
17 Jan (last day of 7-day JR pass)
am: train to Himeji to arrive around 11am
lunch and visit castle. Is 2 hours enough? There's a train onwards to Tokyo at 1pm, otherwise it's 3pm which means a very late arrival in Tokyo
pm: Train to Tokyo - then to hotel in Shinjuku. Possible small walk in area and dinner.
18 Jan
Explore Tokyo. Possibly Sumo, possibly visit to Grave of 47 Ronin in Minato-ku (both for husband)
19 Jan
(this is a Monday - so museums are out)
Possibly Disney
20 Jan
Check out hotel.
Flight is in the evening, so daytime spend time in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro etc., before getting train out to the airport late afternoon. (Could we do the Grave of the 47 Ronin in Minato-ku "on the way"?)

Is there any glaringly obvious omission in there or something that just won't work? I'm conscious that we aren't spending a lot of time in Tokyo, but I think we'll get a lot of the history side of things in Kyoto and Hiroshima, so Tokyo is more to experience the big city, see a couple of sights (and maybe endure Disney) and then head home.


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