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Need help figuring out how many days to spend in each place for our trip to Japan

Need help figuring out how many days to spend in each place for our trip to Japan

Aug 29th, 2019, 06:59 PM
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I'm envious of your ability to spend the time you want on your travels, and I commend the way you've approached your plans. I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip!
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Aug 30th, 2019, 04:49 AM
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Thank you kja. We are very lucky. One of the benefits of getting older is we retired and now can spend as long as we would like traveling. All those years we were working and trips could not be longer than 2 weeks and often got interrupted by calls from my husband's work. I have gotten more relaxed about things in the last few years and have realized that everything about every trip does not have to be perfect. It all works out wonderfully in the end. Especially the surprises that aren't planned for. Just go with the flow.

Thank you Mara. I will pass that info on to my husband. Our division of labor is that I plan everything with the trips and he gets the flights, takes the photos with his fancy camera equipment and does the driving. It has worked out well for us
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Sep 1st, 2019, 11:39 AM
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He should know that Tokyo has two airports that you can use nonstop from JFK and that he should use the airline code TYO when doing a search to see results for both NRT and HND. If you search for a connecting flight via TYO then you just want to be careful as there could be an airport change (e.g. from an inbound flight to NRT connecting to a domestic flight from HND).
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 08:18 AM
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Thank you so much for that information. I will sit with him when he does the flights and make sure he does them correctly
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 08:46 AM
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We are getting ready for our first trip to Japan in a couple of weeks. So I can't comment on your itin other than to say we are going to many of the same places. Our trip is 5 weeks and a few days, we could have probably dropped a couple, but like you booked far in advance and then built the trip. I used AA miles for the outbound and we fly on JAL. We also are spending a week in Tokyo upon arrival and 8 days in Kyoto at the end. Like you we are retired and travel much more slowly than we used to. Sometimes we stay longer in places than anyone recommends and we have yet to be bored or lack interesting things to see and do. I also find traveling for so long, it's nice to have some "down" days to do laundry and administrative stuff that needs to be attended to. Originally I wanted to go to Kyosan but dropped it due to the travel time to get there and the fact that it required changing trains I think it was twice which I didn't want to do. Be aware that in October Takayama has a big festival. Originally we were going to try and avoid it, but then decided it would be fun to see a festival so we planned our trip around the festival. It means a strange order of towns, but so be it. Enjoy your planning -- took me longer to plan Japan than any other trip I've ever gone on. In terms of airports near Tokyo, Haneda is MUCH closer and easier to get into the city. We couldn't get a flight into it with our miles. Enjoy your planning -- took me longer to plan Japan than any other trip I've ever gone on.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 09:44 AM
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Thank you so much for your reply. I can't imagine ever being bored on a trip. Even sitting in a park and watching the world go by in another country is wonderful (and we have done that). And you are right, it is lovely to have some down days to do laundry, work on photos and just chill a bit. Especially for the long trips.

Have a fabulous trip! We all look forward to hearing about it when you return.

With all the trips I have planned, up to now, the most complicated was 6 days in Disney World. But it certainly seems that Japan will give that trip a run for its money.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 04:52 PM
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We went to Koyasan for a day trip as neither my husband nor I wanted to sleep in a temple. We wandered through the cemetery for a couple of hours, had lunch in the little town, then visited a temple before leaving.

It was a lovely trip and as everyone says, the scenery on the way up in the train is beautiful. We were staying in Osaka not far from Namba Station so it was easy for us to get there, although we made sure to leave Osaka early in the morning.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by yestravel View Post
took me longer to plan Japan than any other trip I've ever gone on.
I think planning for Japan is like planning for any where else in that it depends on how one approaches planning. For me, the difficult part was deciding what to skip, as I didn't have the luxury of limitless time. But that's true for me for EVERY trip I've ever taken -- there's always more to see than I can possibly fit in! In every other way, planning for Japan was, for me, the easiest trip to plan of all the trips I've been fortunate enough to take -- there's so much information available in guide books and from credible on-line resources! I've read a lot of planning threads on Japan over the years, and it seems to me that the people who have most difficulty are those who book flights before roughing out an itinerary, but that could be a mistaken inference. In any case, I think it's interesting to learn about the many differences between people in how they approach their travels -- and isn't it wonderful that we are all different?!?
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by kja View Post
...and it seems to me that the people who have most difficulty are those who book flights before roughing out an itinerary, but that could be a mistaken inference. In any case, I think it's interesting to learn about the many differences between people in how they approach their travels -- and isn't it wonderful that we are all different?!?
I couldnít agree more that itís wonderful that we all are different. But I couldnít disagree more about booking a flight before the itin is fleshed out. I do that a lot as I like to take advantage of air fare sales or frequent flier availability. Iím more about how much time I want to spend away and go from there. All trips can be tailored to any time frame. Viva la difference.
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Sep 3rd, 2019, 07:14 PM
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I couldnít disagree more about booking a flight before the itin is fleshed out. I do that a lot as I like to take advantage of air fare sales or frequent flier availability. Iím more about how much time I want to spend away and go from there. All trips can be tailored to any time frame.
I didn't say it was a bad idea! I just said that my observation is that people have greater difficulty with planning an itinerary when they have booked flights first. Pros and cons.
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Sep 4th, 2019, 07:50 PM
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It is wonderful how different we all are in the ways we like to plan and to travel. We know people who love huge cruise ships, tours, staying in 1 or 2 places and doing everything as day trips, or just seeing the absolute highlights of a country and of the cities in that country and then saying "we have been there." None of that is for us. Japan is the first time we are getting our tickets before working out the detailed itinerary but it is a special situation with needing to act so far in advance to use miles. I have mapped out a whole trip to southern Spain and will have our hotels reserved before getting the airfare for that trip.
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