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November Itinerary Check

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Hi all, I'm a solo 20-something man traveler/tourist coming from MD in America. Please lemme know how this itinerary looks, give me some suggestions if you'd like (looking for factory tours to do, among other things).

Nov 4th Depart

Nov 5th mid-afternoon arrival at Haneda, stay up until at least 9pm. Capsule Hotel in Ginza

Nov 6th Tokyo - move to hostel in Akasaka in morning

Nov 7th Tokyo

Nov 8th Tokyo

Nov 9th Tokyo

Nov 10th Tokyo -Daytrip, possibly?

Nov 11th Tokyo -Daytrip, possibly?

Nov 12th Tokyo

Nov 13th Trains to Yamanaka/Kagaonsen in Ishikawa. Go to onsen, bathe, relax

Nov 14th Yamanaka/Kagaonsen. Go for a short hike (2-3 hours), bathe, eat, relax, repeat

Nov 15th train to Kyoto

Nov 16th Kyoto

Nov 17th Kyoto

Nov 18th Kyoto

Nov 19th Kyoto - Daytrip, possibly?

Nov 20th train to Osaka in morning

Nov 21st half-day for Osaka + Aquarium, flight departs at 9pm, should mean I don't need to leave hostel in Namba til 4-5 or so at latest, right? Fly home.

I do want to see a castle (Himeji might be too far/take up to much time to get there and back? Hikone maybe a nice daytrip? Also want to see Nara, and I remember reading about 1 or 2 small castles very close to Tokyo, any ideas?)

As far as Tokyo daytrips, what would you recommend? Yokohama is on my radar, but the fact that it's yet another big city may keep me from using my time to go there. Catching a view of Fuji-san somewhere I can do some light hiking might be nice - Kawaguchiko sound good in November for koyo? Other suggestions?

Also, it seems that it's more or less impossible/difficult to book train journeys from outside of Japan. What's the best way (in your personal opinion) for me to do this? At Haneda right when I get there? Some other place/time? Are there offices for this kind of thing?

I'd also appreciate suggestions on how to divvy up the Tokyo days by area/neighborhood. Want to get a good (or as good as you can get) feel for the city, which is why I'm devoting a whole week to it. Which days/neighborhoods should I group together for max convenience and timing (i.e. Harajuku on Sunday afternoon)? I like seeing workaday neighborhoods, more off the beaten path attractions/places for ambience etc as well and not just super-touristy places. Want a good mix of shopping/eating/bars/tours/walking/outdoors/museums/parks/technology.


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