I am planning a (mid-late) May trip to Japan,with my sister, to include Tokyo /Kyoto Hiroshima for about 7-9 days. The length of the trip is is not fixed at the moment. First trip to Japan - very excited but not sure what to include and what to miss due to limited time available .Will purchase a JR pass for a week and will arrive/depart to Narita.
Do we use the JR pass immediately upon arrival to Japan or stay in Tokyo for a few days (3-4?), travel and then come back to Tokyo for an additional day or two before flying back to London and use the JR pass for the journey back to Narita airport?
Suggestions needed please for itinerary and for sites incl Gardens to visit but also to include some relaxing time to be included as we live in a busy city / we are aware we are travelling to busy cities! Which is the best area in Tokyo/Kyoto for hotels ( mid-higher class but not deluxe as budget would not stretch that far.. If pool/spa avail @ Hotels it would be a bonus.
Many thanks for your suggestions and tips.