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Should I? Solo, male, 52yo, deliberating

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Hi all, it is still on my wish list, visiting Japan, getting an impression of this - out of this world - world so to say. Have done some reading about it and of course some TR's. But I need some help in decision making and hope to find it at this forum.

I'm from The Netherlands and quite an experienced traveller, mainly Europe, but also bits of Asia and the USA. Usually with the rest of the family, Japan will be a solo thing, rest of the family isn't that enthusiastic. Which I find disappointing but on the other hand also way more budget friendly.
The thing is that I would skip most of the 'must see' destinations (crowded, doesn't live up to expectations) and I question myself: should I go? And if so, what to do? I just found out that for me my maybe highlight - hiking Japanese Alps - the season has (almost) ended (just checked a webcam: snow and misty). Another highlight which sounds attractive to me is discovering Kyoto on a bike.
My itinerary for now is just Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara - Tokyo. In 12-14 days and with a daily highlight being having sushi in a family run place. I forgot to mention that I als look forward to get a little-more-than-beginner-but-not-quite-advanced sushi making course. I also would travel light, just cabin luggage and a daypack buying clothing at Uniglo. First choice of accommodation would be AirBnB (and get in contact with host) but also one or two stays in a ryokan.
I find myself deliberating whether this all would justify me to visit Japan. To make it even worse, very much to my wife's surprise I wasn't that impressed by NY as a city, except for the 9/11 Memorial which made a deep impression. So, there you have it. Not a standard request, I do hope to get some thoughts and maybe some tips on where to go/where to stay which I haven't thought about yet. I'm not bound by a schedule, I would like to be off and back in November - December.

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