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bzVielma Mar 12th, 2012 10:14 AM

First-timer's 10 Days in Japan
We will be flying to Tokyo for our 1st visit to Japan. Want to see the famous cherry blossoms & eat some good sushi ;-). We have also talked about going to a ryokan in the countryside and traveling to Kyoto. Is this too much for a first time 10 day visit? We do NOT want to be typical tourists who spend one night in each city--we want to experience the true flavor of Japan. Recommendations?
On a side note--where is the BEST sushi in Tokyo?

hawaiiantraveler Mar 12th, 2012 12:16 PM

Are you trying to put together plans for this or next year cherry blossoms? If this year you are very late in planning and will have to likely take what you can get at this point.

mrwunrfl Mar 12th, 2012 06:00 PM

The typical tourist in Japan does what you describe. Tokyo, Kyoto, and another stop (maybe a traditional ryokan in Hakone, or Miyajima, or Takayama). That is not too much for 10 days. Japan has a few flavors (which sounds good to say but am not sure what it means). It is all the "real" Japan.

mr_go Mar 13th, 2012 10:51 AM

10 days as a first-timer in Japan? Cherry blossom season in Tokyo & Kyoto? Well, here's how we did it...

Scroll down a bit; the "informative" part of the trip report starts about 1/3 of the way down. Hope this helps!

nikidi Mar 16th, 2012 05:11 AM

I am another very later planner for this April cherry Blossom season.

Mr.go, thanks for such a detailed trip report - its going to be really useful on our upcoming trip. similar route to yours but opting for central Honshu over Hiroshima and miyajima.

would you mind advising how you booked the accommodation and also how you do you get tickets for the Myako odori. would really like to go for that if our timing is right.


hawaiiantraveler Mar 16th, 2012 07:47 AM

Nikidi, You can book Miyako Odori tickets through your front desk at your Kyoto hotel. Have you seen this site yet?

I have seen your other thread and will answer later today when I have more time.


nikidi Mar 16th, 2012 09:40 AM

thanks so much hawaiiantraveler.. I was really hoping you will answer my itinerary question!! i have never been this last minute with any previous ur expert views will be much appreciated:-) as soon as i iron out the itinerary i can start looking at accommodation then!

ileness Mar 16th, 2012 09:09 PM

hotels will only book for first class tickets I am finding... wondering how difficult it is to buy tickets when we are there for second class...and if the viewing is good... hawaiian traveler... do you know??

thanks, i.

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