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Japan April 2018: search for advises

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Japan April 2018: search for advises


We are going to Japan for 13 days in April 2018. Second times to Japan ( Tokyo and Kyoto last time)

This is my preliminary itinerary

12-14 th April : arrive late into Tokyo and stay 3 nights to see cherry blossom and bike ride through Tokyo

15th-18th April : kanazawa and takayma: 2 nights each , visiting shirakawa on the way from kanazawa to takayma

19th April : travel to Miyajima and stay overnight

20th April: explore Hiroshima half day and travel to and stay at Osaka

20th-24th : 4 nights Osaka as base to visit surrounding day trip : Kobe, Himeji castle, Arashiyama and Tenryu Temple

24th: back To Tokyo to a night flight home

Could anyone please advise if it is a reasonable itinerary considering the transport time between places , especially from Takayma to Miyajima ? Would we have enough time to see Miyajima and Hiroshima ?

Thanks in advance for all advices


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1. Re: Japan April 2018: search for advises

April 12-14 are the end of the Cherry Blossom(Sakura) Season in Tokyo, as follows.



Takayama Festival in Spring is on April 14, 15, as follows.


It's good to see the late-blooming Sakura in Kyoto (Haradanien Garden, Ninna-ji temple, Heian Jingu Shrine) in mid April as follows.






Therefore, I recommend you to 1) go to Takayama on April 14-15, 2) come to Japan, a few days earlier, if you can, and 3) visit Kyoto on mid April (April 14-17), if you can. You cannot see cherry blossoms in Hiroshima/Miyajima, Kyoto and Osaka on April 19 and later. Also, lease book your hotel in Kansai Area (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, or Kobe, etc.) this month (6 months before), because it's too late to find your hotels there on January (3 months before) as I wrote in my articles above.

Ideally, it's the best to come in early April (April 1-4), if you can, to see Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima/Miyajima, and move to some mountain areas, such as Takayama or Kawaguchiko, in mid April.

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2. Re: Japan April 2018: search for advises

Can't you fly home from Osaka? The Shinkansen will cost Y14,200 per person just to get you back to Tokyo for your flight.

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3. Re: Japan April 2018: search for advises

Also, April 12-14 is usually well past cherry blossom bloom in Tokyo.

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4. Re: Japan April 2018: search for advises

Booked by point and no flight from Osaka :(

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