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May 14th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Where to go - 2 weeks with 14yo in rainy season

Where in Japan should I go with my 14-year-old daughter for 2 weeks in late June? She’s a great traveler and we’ve already been to Japan; aside from soaking up culture we want to eat great food, do some biking and/or hiking (just day trips for simplicity), and soak in onsen.We're adventurous and like getting off the beaten path.

Our current plan to start with 2 nights in Nara (Guesthouse Sakuraya) and 2-3 nights in Kyoto (lodging in Temple Ninna-ji), and end with 4-5 nights in Tokyo (Homeikan). While I welcome suggestions in and around those cities (which I realize are on the beaten path), my main question is what to do for the remaining 4-6 nights. Any suggestions on which of the following would be best?

- Kyushu – I’ve never been there and the food and culture sound great. But it seems stupid to go during the hot rainy season, especially since we’re hoping to spend some time outdoors. The statistics say it doesn’t actually rain many more days in the rainy season than in other months, but it sounds like the rain can be very hard at times, so we’d have to expect to get drenched on occasion. If you’ve traveled in Kyushu in late June or July, I’d be interested to hear how much the rain affected your enjoyment. If we went, I’m thinking of some combination of Fukuoka, Beppu, Kumamoto, and Nagasaki.

- Nakasendo Trail area (Tsumago & Magome) – including a hike between these towns (there’s a baggage-forwarding service).

- Takayama.

- Sado-ga-shima. Is it too hilly for pleasant biking (my daughter is strong but doesn’t love hard biking)?

- Tazawa-ko and Nyuto Onsen.

- Hokkaido. This is the obvious way to avoid the rainy season, but I’ve already been to Rishiri-to and Daisetsuzan Natl Park. Any suggestions? (I’m willing to fly there and back.)

Thanks for any advice on any of these places (or others that you think we'd enjoy)!

Bruce
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May 14th, 2012, 05:27 PM
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So much to do and so little time.....

Yes Hokkaido is the obvious answer an Asahikawa is and easy flight away from Haneda or Itami. Asahikawa is a great little(big)town to situate yourselves in for a few nights while exploring the city along with neighboring Furano and Biei which will be a lovely lavender shade at that time of the year.

The Asahiyama Zoo might interest you
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6892.html

We stayed in the area around the JR station which is a nice place to be in this town. Lots of shopping, restaurants and entertainment all within a six block radius of the station. After a couple of days in town we rented a car from the station and drove around Hokkaido out to Utoro and the fabulous Shiretoko peninsula along with Kushiro, Akan-ko, Daisetzusan etc. before returning the car at the station. I wrote a trip report about it if you are interested. Just click on my screen name and look under my reports.

If just interested in a few days then staying at altitude would be nice around Tokyo like the Nikko area and within Tochigi prefecture. Lots of hot springs in the area and the town of Nasu-Shiobara has amusement parks as well as Mt Nasudake and its hiking areas with a peak that is not that hard(lol) comparably speaking of course. I've written a report of the Nasu area also.....it's in there somewhere in my collection Japan trip reports.....lol

Aloha!
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