Need help planning a two week trip in Japan
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 15, 2012 1:08 AM Last Post By: RodWalters
Dec 3, 2012 7:57 PM
Need help planning a two week trip in JapanHi All
My hubby and I are 27 and wanting to travel Japan for two weeks. We are wanting to know the best way to do and the best places to see! I have heard the train is the best way to go. We have had a look at some tours and they are a bit expensive - we think we could do ourselves cheaper.
We are wanting to do as cheap as possible, but are not bothered about spending that little bit extra for non dorm style accomodation (as we are married).
We love everything culture - geisha, sumo, tea drinking ceremonies, theatres, food, etc and also want to see a bit of history thrown in there too. Please respond if you live in or have been to Japan.
Thank you :)
Dec 3, 2012 8:07 PM
My hubby and I are 27 and wanting to travel Japan for two weeks. We are wanting to know the best way to do and the best places to see!
Depends on your interests. I suggest you get a guidebook and start reading.
Here's a simple list of places
Recommending places also may depend on what time of year you travel. In general I recommend either spring for cherry blossoms or autumn for colours, but it can also be very crowded during those times.
If you are on a budget you can also consider overnight buses or flying with a low cost carrier, depending on where you go.
Alternatively, the JR Pass offers good value and if you plan wisely you could use a 7-day JR Pass for your major inter-city travel on a two week trip. You do not need an active rail pass for every single day you are in Japan.
There are numerous budget hotels in Japan which should suit. Alternatively, you can find private rooms in hostels/guesthouses.
Sumo tournament schedule is here:-
A rough itinerary might be a few days in Tokyo, then head west to Kyoto, see surrounding places like Nara, Hikone Castle. Then either see Hiroshima, or come back to Tokyo via Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama. Of course there are hundreds of other options depending on your interests and when you travel.
You may save some money if you fly into Tokyo and out of Osaka or vice versa.
Dec 3, 2012 8:16 PM
2Time of year is paramount here. Look at the calendar of events for the period you plan to come, and see what festivals and concerts and other things are going on.
Plan the skeleton of a route around those dates and locations.
Ask us questions to fill in the gaps.
You're not going to see everything in just 14 days. I've lived here 14 years and haven't seen it all. With that short timeline, figure on one city every 2 days max, just to allow for travel time between cities. Poster acc has given good advice if you just want to hit the larger more touristy cities.
Dec 3, 2012 10:09 PM
Dec 3, 2012 10:21 PM
late march early april.
Cherry Blossom average timing:-
Read some of the past blog reports to get some ideas of places to see if you wish to see the cherry blossoms
That's a reasonable start. Book Kyoto well in advance as that is peak time in Kyoto and it is not uncommon for it to become completely booked. Some places may have minimum night stays too. If you can't find anything in your budget then you can consider staying in Osaka and commuting in each day (roughly 30 min 500 yen each way). You have enough time to plan now though so Kyoto should be possible.
Some booking sites to get you started:-
I'd probably use Kyoto as a base to see Osaka and possibly Nara and Hikone Castle. You could split your nights up between the two if that suits you better.
You may also wish to investigate Koyasan and a stay in a temple there.
When you visit Hiroshima you may also wish to visit Miyajima.
Heaps of other options of course depending on what you prefer including heading into the alps.
Dec 9, 2012 5:59 PM
Dec 15, 2012 1:08 AM
6If you're going to Hiroshima, why not take a boat trip across the beautiful Seto Inland Sea to Matsuyama for a taste of life on Shikoku Island, Japan's 'slow-life island'? Most first-time visitors miss Shikoku entirely--to their cost. If you like a bit of exercise, the Shimanami Kaido cycling route is a great way to get back to the main island. In Matsuyama, Sen Guesthouse is a nice place to stay.
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