I am very thankful for all the answers to my previous questions. I have also read other posts on tripadvisor and kind of made these two itineraries. Please guide us which one is better or any changes you recommend Or may be mix and match. I apologise for a long post. Thank you .
Flying on 16th April from London - 17th April Morning Osaka.
We are not sure to cut one day from Kyoto to visit Hiroshima/Miyajima . Though we would love to visit there.
22nd to Kiso Valley ( Magome & Tsumago)
Evening train to Matsumoto, spend night there.
23rd April- In morning check out Matsumoto Castle and then take a bus to Komikachi. Explore area . Stay for a night.
24th April after breakfast move to Takeyama- Explore Takeyama. Spend the night.
26th April- Take train /bus to do Toyoma Alpine route. In evening head to Shinano Omachi. Spend 2 nights in there.
How long does it takes to cover the whole route? Should we just aim for snowwall in Murodo or the whole route is recommended?.
27th April- If possible rent a car explore Nagano cherry blossom
and also been recommended Alps Azumi no Koen, Lake Nakatsuna, Hanamchi na sato . Night in Shinano Omachi .
6th May- morning flight to London
Landing in 17th to Tokyo. Travel to Kawaguchiko, spend 2 nights in there(17th -18th April)., If blooming is early next year , like this year, will we still be able to see any blooms ?
If weather is not good we might not be able to see Fuji too. So that’s a gamble too. And I think it’s too early for Shibazakura, What I read it’s best to be seen from late April to mid May .
Travel to Kyoto ( 5 nights) 19th to 23rd April with day trips to Himeji/ Nara.
Travel to Hiroshima/ Miyajima (24th April)
Travel to Kiso Valley ( 25th April)
I think it’s a 5 hour train ride.
Two options after that:
or Travel to Tokyo (26th, 27th April)check out Hitachi park/ Azalea festival or Wisteria park . If it blooms like normal unlike last year.
Move to Tohoku for (4 nights) - either (29th, 30th, 1st and 2nd) or(28th, 29th, 30th, 1st).
Remaining days in Tokyo till 6th May morning.
I did read about the Cherry blossom forecast last year at Hirosaki and Kakunodate on Japan Guide and it says that full bloom is usually around 25th, 26th April . Will it still be in bloom in late April or early May according to both the itineraries ?
Do you recommend 21 days JR pass or the different area passes will serve us well the areas we are covering.
Thanks a lot once again for you time.