Slow trip 15-30 days
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 15, 2013 10:05 AM Last Post By: bamse
Mar 10, 2013 7:58 PM
Slow trip 15-30 daysMy boyfriend and I will be traveling in Japan together April 2-15th and I will continue on alone till the 29th. We fly in and out of Narita. Because this is a last minute trip during cherry blossom season I booked most of our rooms before we had all the plans figured out. I knew we would be taking it slower than usual because I will be five months pregnant when I start this trip so I wanted to give ourselves plenty of time.
2nd and 3rd in Tokyo
4th 5th and 6th still open (probably tokyo I just haven't booked a room yet)
We are interested in day trips from both Tokyo and Kyoto i.e Nikko, Nara, Hiroshima
Our main interests are food, culture, sights and relaxing for me when traveling alone.
Where are some places I could go alone after Kyoto?
Does a 14 day railpass make sense for my boyfriend? And a 21 day for me?
Do you have any daytrip or cooking class suggestions?
Mar 11, 2013 12:19 AM
1Looks like you're entirely missing Central Japan, which IMHO is one of the most interesting, reasonably accessible, and yet underrated areas.
Between Tokyo and Kyoto, you can easily spend a week or more in Central Japan. Hike part of the ancient Nakasendo Highway (Magome-juku, Tsumago-juku, Narai-juku). Take a dip at the hotspring towns of Okuhida Onsengo. Visit the historic towns of Takayama and Kanazawa, stopping by Shirakawago and/or Gokayama.
Google up these places and let us know what interests you.
Mar 11, 2013 7:09 AM
2Good recommendation by rouentahl. If you go that route, I'd throw in Matsumoto as well.
As for the railpass, first decide on a rough route and then see how to get around.
Most likely you will not need a railpass for the time you spend in and around Kyoto or the time in and around Tokyo as local transport is relatively cheap. Also if you go through the Alps as suggested above, you might end up taking buses which are not covered by the rail pass.
Generally the pass pays off if you take many long distance train rides in a short amount of time, so not really what you are after in a "slow trip". It might still come in handy if you arrange your shinkansen trips such that you do them within a week or two.
Mar 11, 2013 9:17 AM
3Thanks for the suggestions! I am looking into the Nakasendo Highway for the second half of my trip sense the accommodation for the first half are pretty much booked.
I do have a questions though about the rail pass. I know its more useful for long distance trips but when I looked on hyperdia.com just to see what the fare where for day trips I found:
Kyoto-Nara 1,100 = 31,140 for all fares one way. I would assume the total would be roughly 62,280 (14 day pass 45,100)
So to me it seems the rail pass would save money even using it for shorter trips but Im also aware that there may be cheaper transportation Im not aware of.
Mar 11, 2013 10:13 AM
Mar 13, 2013 1:54 PM
5I was also thinking of heading down to Fukuoka for a few days then making my way back up to Nagano then Tokyo. Basically Ill have ten days left on my 21 day railpass after leaving Kyoto which will get me back to Tokyo a few days before I head out. I know there are a few day trips I can do from both Fukuoka and Nagano. I know its not what was suggested but I thought this might also be a good route. Can I go to any of the suggested places if I go this way?
Mar 13, 2013 2:00 PM
Mar 14, 2013 2:10 AM
7Can I go to any of the suggested places if I go this way?
If going to the Alps, I'd rather do the route suggested instead of using Nagano as a base for daytrips. If you want a base, I think Matsumoto might be better as it is more conveniently located for access to: Tsumago/Magome/Narai, Takayama, Kamikochi and the snow monkeys are not that far either.
Edited by: bamse
Mar 14, 2013 6:48 AM
Mar 14, 2013 10:44 AM
9I think I found my answer...
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Mar 15, 2013 10:05 AM
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