I have always wanted to visit the Lavender field in Japan (Furano) and our trip is finally confirmed. We plan to spend three weeks in Japan and I like to plan out everything (the best I could) to maximize my experience there.
We will be staying in Kyoto to visit nearby cities, such as Osaka. What would be the best way to go from that area of Japan (either Kyoto or Osaka) to Sapporo in early July? (7/4 - 7/7) Also, the best route to go to Tokyo from there (avoid the nuclear plant area). We need to travel back to Tokyo to meet up a couple friends and leave Japan from there.
Where would you recommend to stay there?
Also, we plan to buy the JR Rail pass, would it cover the ride from Kyoto or Osaka to Sapporo?
Please advise. Thanks!!