Help, itinerary 24 days Japan (August)
I'm traveling in August 24 days to Japan (+ arrival and departing day, both from Tokyo). Looking at guides and websites, I've crafted this itinerary. Could you please advise about it? We are getting a 21 days Japan Rail Pass.
Day 1: Nikko
Day 2: Matsumoto
Day 3: Takayama
Day 4: Shirakagawo
Day 5: Kanazawa
Day 6: stay in a temple?
Day 7: Himeji
Day 8: Kurashiki
Day 9: Hiroshima-Miyajima
Day 10: Osaka
Day 11: Koya-san
Day 12: Ise
Day 13: (free day)
Days 14-18: Kyoto (+ day trip to Nara)
Days 19-24: Tokyo (+ day trips to Kamakura and Hakone National Park).
Am I doing too much? Is there anything wonderful I'm missing? I've got doubts about days 12-13: I don't know if Ise is worth it and where to go the extra day. Day 18 I want to be in Kyoto for the Daimonji (bonfires at the end of the Obon).
Any help would be much appreciated!
Your itinerary looks great and there's a lot of travel in here but not overly so. I do see that you travel to a new place every day, from experience I can tell you that it can be nice to stay somewhere for at least 2 nights. This way you have time to travel and explore. I suggest using a 21 day JR Pass, as you'll be travelling extensively from day 1 - 18 and plan on day trips after that as well.
For day 12-13, you could also visit the Izu peninsula or Shizuoka as alternatives, these places offer a bit more to see and do.
I would also suggest dropping Kurashiki and visiting Naoshima instead. Koya-san is perfect for a temple stay, which would also give you a free day on day 6. You could just add one day to your stay in Kanazawa. Alternatively you could visit Kobe, which is also a great and often forgotten destination.
Hope this helps,
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