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Itinerary feedback: Tokyo to Fukuoka, 14 nights early April

Itinerary feedback: Tokyo to Fukuoka, 14 nights early April

Jan 4th, 2017, 10:48 AM
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I like it. There was some logic in your initial itinerary, except for the Osaka nights. Flying from FUK is a good idea because it is cheap and quick to get that airport from Hakata station. Makes sense to stop in Hiroshima on day 12 and stay in a Western hotel.
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Jan 4th, 2017, 04:16 PM
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Personally, I'd shift a day from Tokyo to Kyoto, but that's just my preference. Otherwise, a much improved plan, IMO!
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Jan 4th, 2017, 07:07 PM
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The new, improved itinerary certainly flows better. You reduced the eight different hotels down to six. That's still too many for me, but what the heck, you're young, so go for it.

Take that extra day in Tokyo and go to Odaiba. Also, at least have some regional food in Fukuoka, even if you aren't going to be sightseeing. As mr wunrfl said, the airport transit is super easy. I arrived at 11 PM, and easily found my way on the train to my hotel. I'm sure you can manage to do the opposite.
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Jan 5th, 2017, 09:10 AM
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Be aware that although FUK is very convenient for domestic flights, international departures use a different terminal that is miles away: you take a transfer bus from near the subway exit by the domestic terminal. It's used by tour groups with mountains of luggage, so give yourself plenty of time.
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Jan 5th, 2017, 04:07 PM
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Isn't Odaiba part of Tokyo? I always thought so!
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Jan 5th, 2017, 04:44 PM
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Hey kja--Yes, Odaiba is just a boat ride away from Tokyo. I was suggesting to the OP that they go there for the day, not for an overnight. It's a nice change from temples. Happy New Year to you, BTW.
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Jan 5th, 2017, 05:01 PM
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I like your revised itinerary. It's very similar to my first trip to Japan. One comment, where I may differ from others, is with regard to the two nights in Hakone. I found that one night was plenty for my purposes. We arrived from Tokyo before noon and spent a few hours doing the Hakone "loop" (check for details on Japan-guide.com), before going to our ryokan to relax and have dinner. The next morning we explored the open air museum, and left the area before noon. I would add this extra night either to Kyoto, or to Nara, prior to continuing to Koyasan. Sounds like a great trip!
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Jan 5th, 2017, 05:34 PM
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I agree with russ_in_LA - one night in Hakone - then you have a choice about where to spend the extra night.

You also should get your Kyoto reservations asap as that is prime time...

I agree with the idea of going to Nagasaki if at all possible although it doesn't really seem likely.

From Hiroshima to Fukuoka/Hakata Station it's only about an hour so you could conceivably come from there on the last day....
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Jan 5th, 2017, 05:51 PM
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@ CaliforniaLady: Thanks for clarifying! I must admit that I'm having trouble with wishes for this particular new year, but I can get behind "best wishes for many memorable travel moments in 2017." Hope that works for you!
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Jan 5th, 2017, 11:55 PM
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Looks much better to me, and as usual I agree with Kja, on a personal preference note, I'd shift one day from Tokyo to Kyoto but it's fine as it is too... there's so much to see in both you won't do it all anyway.

I bow to the experience of others on the 1 night / 2 night question for Hakone. I didn't love visiting Hakone, though I liked our ryokan, Hakone Ginyu well enough. With the travel routings, I thought it might be a bit convoluted for a single night, but it looks like it's still worthwhile.

If you do drop a night from Hakone, I'd give it to... guess... Kyoto!
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Jan 6th, 2017, 07:43 AM
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The terminology is incorrect. Odaiba is a man-made island that is part of Tokyo. In addition, you can reach it by both Tokyo Metro and the Yurikamome line (which is separate from Tokyo Metro). The Miraikan alone is worth the trip.
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Jan 6th, 2017, 08:24 AM
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BigRuss, I am aware that Odaiba is a man made island, and I am aware that there are alternate ways of getting there. I thought the boat ride was the most fun of all the alternatives. So no, I don't think I was incorrect, but thank you for always watching.
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Jan 6th, 2017, 12:27 PM
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One other thing I liked about the 1-night stays, between cities with longer stays, is that we made use of the excellent luggage forwarding system that kja mentioned above. This enables you to send your larger luggage to your next destination so you can travel with only a small pack on the train, however, it generally requires 24 hours for delivery. The 1-nighters allowed us to travel with just an overnight bag, and our larger bags would be waiting for us (in our rooms!) at our destinations when we arrived.

Our hotels were always happy to complete the paper work for us, and it worked like a charm. You can even send it to your final airport a couple days before your departure date, and pick it up there when you check in for your flight.
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Jan 6th, 2017, 11:09 PM
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I think your 2nd revision is perfect. Enjoy your trip!
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