questions & answers: itinerary check

ok i'm curious!

OK I'm curious!

Like the title of this forum says, is it better to start in Tokyo and travel, or travel first and end in Tokyo?



hmm... Toughie. I personally think Tokyo is a fairly easy place to get over jetlag, with it's 24/7 bars and convenience everywhere. It's also more international than other Japanese cities, so there's a bit less of a culture shock when you land - more english signage and so on.

That said... I do think that it's a shame to fly in and out of Tokyo. Much better to fly out of another Japanese city, like Kansai International (Osaka), or Fukuoka. I think the air ticket type is called 'open jaw', and it lets you get another good 2 days of sightseeing into a 1 day trip (rather than worrying about getting back up to Tokyo)

My ideal 7 day trip would be to land in Tokyo, and then gradually work my way down to Kansai International. you can pack a lot into the things in-between, including Kyoto, Nara, Koya san, the Mt Fuji area and Yokohama, not to mention Osaka itself. If you were feeling energetic, you could even do a quick 1 day trip down to Hiroshima/Miyajima, which is a 'must visit' for any holiday in Japan.


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