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Japan Itinerary Questions

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I know there have been dozens of posts like this, but each of us is different, so here's mine!

I expected to take a tour of Japan, but reading here everybody seems to think this is an on-your-own country. Since we don't travel light, that would mean renting a car.
So consider that in reading my itinerary.

Also, consider that I don't really know about any of this stuff -- it's just words on paper -- so let me know if I'm visiting something really not worthwhile and also if I'm bypassing something that's a "must see".

And a final consideration would be that we're interested in castles, shrines, temples, gardens, and architecture -- medieval stuff -- and certainly not nightlife or shopping.

So, here goes

Day 1 - Depart

Day 2 - Arrive in Tokyo

Day 3 - Tokyo - Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, Nakamise Shopping Arcade (very unsure about this one)

Day 4 - Day trip to Kamakura (Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple) and Hakone (Lake Ashi and cable car ride to top of Mt. Komagataki)

Day 5 - Drive to Matsumoto and see castle there along with the Japan Folklore Museum, then night at Takayama

Day 6 - Explore Takayama, visit the Kusakabe Heritage House, and then out to the Hida Minzoku-Mura Folk Village and back to Takayama for the night.

Day 7 - Scenic drive to Shirakawa then on to Kanazawa. Explore Kanazawa and night there.

Day 8 - Kenrokuen Gardens and the Ishawa Prefecture Crafts Museum then on to Fushimi Inari Shrine and then on to Kyoto.

Day 9 - Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji - Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden

Day 10 - Day trip to Nara - Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine

Day 11 - Downtime in Kyoto

Day 12 - Drive to Hiroshima. Miyajima Island (Itsukushima Shrine)

Day 13 - Hiroshima (Shukkeien Landscape Garden, Peace Park, and Memorial Hall)

Day 14 - Travel to Kurashiki (Ohara Art Gallery)

Day 15 - Himeji Castle and then on to Osaka

Day 16 - Depart for home

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