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My husband and I are planning our first 10 days trip to Japan for Christmas/ honeymoon this year. We are not familiar with Japan.

I am interested to see the Christmas lights/ market and my husband just loves to eat sashimi/ japanese food.

Attached is the draft itinerary so far.
(1) Would appreciate some feedback on itinerary and advice for nice Jap food please? =) (2) Whats the best way to transport in Japan? (3) Also anyone know of any good walking tour/ useful guide?

12/12/15 arrived in tokyo
13/12/15 (Sunday): tokyo:
Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Golden Gai
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden(200Y)
Tokyo Tower, Metropolitan Gvt Building at Shinjuku for observatory view. Shibuya, visit love hotels

14/12/15 (Monday) Tokyo:
Tsukiji Market breakfast, Ginza's shopping. Kanda Myojin geek temple, Akihabara

15/12/15: (Tuesday) Tokyo:
Tomozuna Stable sumo morning training,
Kokugikan Sumo Stadium /Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, (600Y)
Asakusa Sensoji. Ueno Park,Tokyo National Musuem, Ueno Toshogu shrines, Ameyoko Ueno Markets. Tokyo Skytree in Oshiage, Nakamise shopping market
Roppongi Hills: Mori tower and Mori Art Museum. Kappabashi, Sumida River Cruise/ stroll

16/12/15 (Wednesday): Tokyo:
Imperial Palace East Garden/, Palace Plaza, Double Bridge.
Odaiba city – entertainment nice view at night time

17/12/15 (Thursday): Day trip to Nikko
Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kirifuri Falls. then head to hakone

18/12/15 (Friday): Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi, Hakone Open Air Museum. head to kyoto

19/12/15: (Saturday): Kyoto:
Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace. Kinkakuji, Kokedera:/ Saihoji moss temple

20/12/15 (Sunday): Kyoto:
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Katsura villa, Gio-ji temple. Kiyomizu Temple. Kiyomizudera, Nishiki Market
Sanjusangendo, Gion

21/12/15: (Monday): Kyoto: Todaiji Temple,
Nara Park, Kofukuji Temple, Nara National Museum. then head to Osaka

22/12/15 (Tuesday): Osaka:
visit the Glico Man, Osaka Tower, play some Pachinko, and eat some Takoyaki / Okonomiyaki

23/12/15 (Wednesday): Day trip to Mount koya.
see monks doing morning rituals and walk at giant cemetery
24/12/15 Back home from osaka

Anything thing that can be taken out from the itinerary?
Looks like its quite packed and we have no idea if those places are worth visiting?

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over 2 years ago
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Hello there,

That's quite an itinerary and I think it works wonderfully well for a first time visit to Japan. To start with transportation, while you cover many places, normal ticket prices are below the price of a JR Pass and thus it would be better to buy normal tickets as you travel. You can however make savings by buying local day passes, such as for the Tokyo Metro or the Hakone Free Pass for in Hakone. In Kyoto there's a 500yen bus pass and Osaka as the Osaka Amazing Pass, also Koya has the Heritage Pass.

Here's a good website for Volunteer Guides generally you need to reserve at least a month in advance but I see you have enough time.

As for places to include or exclude, this is something you can best decide on your own. What I find amazing, may be dull to you. While you can only really find out by visiting places, you can get an good idea by reading about them online.

One other tip, for Kokedera you have to contact them by postcard before hand in order to make a reservation. You may use this website. Although I don't have any experience with them.

Hope this helps,

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