Hello! (apologies in advance for the long post)
I am going to Japan for 19 days mid-November. Does my itinerary allow for enough time in each destination, and does it sound reasonable to you? Have I missed any destinations out? N.B. - Flights to and from the UK are booked already (to and from Tokyo). My interests lie in history, nature, traditional Japenese culture, food, and technology.
Tokyo- 3 days. See main sites - fish market, street food, temple, electronics district, harajuku, animal café etc, possibly do a walking tour.
Kamakura day trip from Tokyo
Fly to Fukuoka – 2 days. See Sumo in the afternoon one day (a must do for my partner).
Hiroshima- 2 days.
Koyasan – temple stay, 2 days.
Nara (see the deer)– 1 day
Kyoto – 5 days
Hakone (for an onsen) – 1 day
Tokyo- 2 days (possible trip to nikko on one day).
So approx 3/4 days in Tokyo, 5 days in Kyoto, and the rest a few days here or there.
Have a few other specific questions I have:
-when are internal flights released? It seems they can only be booked up until October at the moment. Couldn’t find the info online.
-what are the key things to do in Tokyo I may not have considered? I don’t mind doing some shopping for unique to japan things but not more than a few hours. I live in London so not that excited by cities, e.g. browsing designer shops is of no interest to me as I used to work on Regent Street!
-are nikko, kamakura and nara worth the trip given my itinerary? Do you have a preference between them?
-I have an interest in the samurai, is there anywhere interesting to visit for this?
Any advice/comments are welcome! Thank you!