We're just starting to plan our trip to Japan in July. We're somewhat confused by all the different names and attractions and cities and we need help to start.
We're thinking of purchasing a 21 day pass. This is why we are asking your help. We would really like to try a bullet train at least once and maybe use a night train if possible.
We are two and we'll be spending one month in Japan arriving and departing from Tokyo.
We both like to visit interesting monuments. We're thinking of staying about a week in Tokyo and doing day trips to other cities. But there are so many closeby cities that seem interesting that it's hard to choose. We want to see temples and historical places minimum.
We'd like to either climb or at least get close to Mt Fiji... is there a train to get there? Does it stop somewhere and we have to hop on another public transportation to reach it?
We'd also like to visit Sapporo with stops along the way. Which ones? don't know yet... help?
We'd like to stay in Kyoto about a week also and also do day trips (or stay in Osaka instead since it seems a little cheaper???) from there. Again, there seems to be so many options. I heard there are hot springs and nice temples in that area.
Hiroshima is also a must for us. There are nice cities in that area but we're not sure which ones are worthwhile.
We are hoping to stay a week without using a pass too much but where should we be for that week? In Tokyo?
We'll have our backpacks but don't necessarily want to change hotels every day since it means we have to walk around all day with it.
We're hoping to be either in Kyoto on July 17th for the lantern festival or in Fukuoka on July 15th for the celebration if possible.
How can we use a 21 day pass within 26 days? Where should we not use it? or perhaps (but hopefully not) buy day passes...
I know it's quite vague (in a sense since we don't know which smaller cities to visit) but we're hoping to get help to start. We still have time to plan this great trip.