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help here is my itinerary for 16 days would love to hear what people think

Help here is my itinerary for 16 days would love to hear what people think

  • Thursday, 24 May 12 Leave LHR (T5) - 13.25 Flight BA5 Arrive Tokyo (Narita) 9.05am
  • Friday, 25 May 12 Tokyo sightseeing Tokyo overnight Shinjuku Washington
  • Saturday, 26 May 12 Tokyo sightseeing Tokyo overnight Shinjuku Washington
  • Sunday, 27 May 12 Tokyo sightseeing Tokyo overnight Shinjuku Washington
  • Monday, 28 May 12 Bullet train to Hiroshima Hioshima overnight Chisun Hotel
  • Tuesday, 29 May 12 Hiroshima Peace Park Miyahima overnight Morinoyado Hotel then trip to Miyahima
  • Wednesday, 30 May 12 Miyahima to Kyoto Kyoto overnight Super Hotel Shijyo Kawaramachi
  • Thursday, 31 May 12 Kyoto sightseeing Kyoto overnight Super Hotel Shijyo Kawaramachi
  • Friday, 1 June 12 Kyoto am then train to Nara Nara overnight Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara Station
  • Saturday, 2 June 12 Nara am then to Koyasan Koyasan overnight Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in Temple
  • Sunday, 3 June 12 Koyasanto Takayama by Takyama overnight Spa Hotel Alpina Hida wide view train
  • Monday, 4 June 12 Takyama sightseeing Takyama overnight Spa Hotel Alpina Hida
  • Tuesday, 5 June 12 Bullet to Nagoya then to Mishima Hakone overnight Hakone Tenseien Hotel and train to Hakone
  • Wednesday, 6 June 12 Tour of Hakone then train to Tokyo Tokyo overnight Shinjuku Washington
  • Thursday, 7 June 12 Trip To Kamakura and back to Tokyo Tokyo overnight Shinjuku Washington
  • Friday, 8 June 12 Tokyo (Narita) Flight Tokyo overnight Shinjuku Washington
  • Saturday, 9 June 12 Leave Tokyo (Narita) 10.55am Flight BA6 Arrive LHR (T5) 15.05pm

Thanks!

flatcoatdino
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Hi there!

Looks like a good itinerary. Here are some thoughts:

  1. Possibly give yourself a little more time while you are travelling around by reducing the initial period in Tokyo at the start by a day?
  2. consider staying more 1 night in Kyoto over Nara and visiting Nara as a day trip. Will save on moving luggage around, and will make the trip to Koyasan more straightforwards I think.
  3. The Nara, Koyasan, Takayama few days will be pretty tough. How about spending more time in Koyasan?
  4. You could also consider Nikko over Kamakura while in Tokyo as a 14 day rail pass would still be active.
  5. There is no bullet train from Takayama > Nagoya, so you'll need to use the WideView. From Nagoya you'll be able to use the bullet service up to Odawara for Hakone.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Hi Mari

Really appreciate your comments. Would comment as follows

By the way not staying at Shinjuku Washington but at Citadines Shinjuku 3 nights 25th May to28th May and then again 3 nights from 6th June to 9th June - that was old itinerary

  1. Itinerary didn't print out right only arrive in Tokyo 9 am the Friday 25th May so only have 3 nights there initially, but plan now to go to Nikko on the Sunday 27th May before leaving for Hiroshima the following day
  2. Yes agree that need more time in Kyoto, so planning to just spend one night in Hiroshima prefecture an will go to Miyijima as a day trip and leave to go to Kyoto on 29th May rather than 30th May. Will also visit Nara as a day trip as suggested.
  3. When you say spending more time in Koyasan what would that be instead of? In what way would those days be tough if we do as I Said in 2. and make Nara a day trip during a 4 night stay in Kyoto. Are these days going to be tough because of too much travelling - should we cut down maybe time in Takayama if you favour Koyasan?
  4. Already touched on this one and will do Kamakura on one of the days when we return to Tokyo, i.e.between wednesday 6th June and saturday 9th June when we fly home.

Can't wait to hear your comments
Many thanks

Anne

flatcoatdino
flatcoatdino

Hi Anne,

Sounds great - nice idea to visit Nikko at the start, and you can always give it a miss if you're too caught up in the city :). I also think the adjustment to the Hiroshima trip sounds good. By the way, other travellers have really recommended staying on Miyajima island rather than in Hiroshima - you may want to consider it if you're only there for a day. (you can also store your luggage at Hiroshima station and take a small overnight bag with you to Miyajima - highly recommended).

About Koyasan, I think the about of travelling time will be quite intense over this 2 day period, especially as you'll also be doing a fair amount of walking at Koyasan. Here are some sample itineraries from Kyoto to Koyasan(2h40m), and from Koyasan to Takayama(6h20m) showing a total of 9hrs on trains for 2 days.

That being said, I don't know what I would substitute out of your itinerary to give you more time... Perhaps you could aim to leave for Koyasan first thing in the morning, and then aim to leave Koyasan for Takayama after midday to give you the most time in between trains? I think the 2 nights in Takayama will be well spent, especially if you arrive there later in the day.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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