Hi Everyone, we are looking forward to our first visit to Japan soon. We only have 7 nights, we have a rough idea of where we would like to go, but have a few questions about the trains etc and if anyone has any comments on our proposed itinerary. We didn't book any hotels yet, only flights.
We arrive fairly late (21:30) 02 September into Haneda, we plan to stay in either Shinjuku or Shibuya area (budget per night is around 25,000 Yen). We have 3 nights in Tokyo. After a flight we would prefer to get the quickest/easiest transport available to the hotel - within reason. During the two days we are thinking of going to look at Shibuya crossing, Yoyogi park, mainly eating and chilling, people watching, no exhausting tours etc. At night we
On 05 September we head towards Kyoto, but we think it would be nice to stop somewhere on the way for one night, maybe Fuji Five Lakes or Hakone area. We will have luggage so don't want to be carrying that around too much. Budget for this night would be same as Tokyo, although it seems prices are high in this area as it's the weekend.
On 06 September we would like to get on the Bullet Train to go to Kyoto. If we choose to stay near Hakone and buy a Bullet Train ticket in Tokyo to go to Kyoto, can we get off at Odawara and stay in Hakone one night, then use the same ticket to get back on the Bullet train the next day or do we have to purchase two separate tickets?
We then stay in Kyoto for 3 nights (06 – 09 September). Any suggestions on which area to stay. We don’t want to be travelling around too much here if possible, we are not so interested in the main tourist spots, no museums etc, maybe one temple, we like food and walking around parks and rivers, just quietly soaking it all in, we will also want to go out at night for food and a few drinks. Budget here same as before if anyone has any hotel suggestions.
On 09 September we will go to Osaka for one night and then we fly out on 10 September from Kansai airport. Again any suggestions on a nice area to stay here for one night would be appreciated. Here we would like the most lively, hip place, with the best choice of restaurants.