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> Please help - 29 day Japan itinerary - does it look okay?, Planning a Japan holiday from 26-Nov to 24-Dec
post Jun 10 2013, 12:25 AM
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Hi all,

I'm planning to go on a Japan holiday at the end of this year (Nov/Dec 2013) for 29 days and was hoping to get some help from anyone who has more knowledge of Japan than me (which is everyone probably)!

Here is some info about my trip:

- I will be travelling solo
- I will be carrying a backpack & one piece of luggage
- During the day, I'd be interested to see more cultural things (e.g. all the famous attractions/scenery) however I don't plan to look at temples every single day because I will most likely get bored
- I'm also very curious to see old 'villages' and to see how people in 'live' in Japan
- At night, I'm interested in any 'fun' nightlife activities (e.g. bars/restaurants/markets)
- I don't want to really rush through my trip and I'd rather compromise on some cities so I can relax and 'soak in the culture/atmosphere'

Draft plan:

- I fly into Osaka on 26th Nov (9am)
- I fly out of Tokyo on 30th Dec (9pm)
- I plan to do about 3-4 days of snowboarding in Hokkaido
- I plan to do about 5 days in Seoul (South Korea) before I fly out of Tokyo
- I plan to get a JR Rail Pass (might need a 21 day and another shorter one)

(The brackets denote where I plan to stay)

Day 1 (Osaka): Arrive in Osaka at 9am
Day 2 (Osaka): Kobe day trip
Day 3 (Osaka): Osaka
Day 4 (Osaka): Nara day trip
Day 5 (Osaka): Osaka
Day 6 (Hiroshima): Hiroshima
Day 7 (Hiroshima): Miyajima day trip
Day 8 (Mt Koya): Mt Koya (temple lodge)
Day 9 (Mt Koya): Mt Koya
Day 10 (Kyoto): Kyoto (maybe ryokan stay)
Day 11 (Kyoto): Kyoto
Day 12 (Kyoto): Kyoto
Day 13 (Shirakawa-go): Shirakawa-go
Day 14 (Shirakawa-go): Kanazawa day trip
Day 15 (Shirakawa-go): Takayama day trip
Day 16 (Tsumago): Tsumago
Day 17 (Tsumago): Magone
Day 18 (Tokyo): Tokyo
Day 19 (Tokyo): Tokyo
Day 20 (Tokyo): Kamakura day trip
Day 21 (Tokyo): Tokyo
Day 22 (Tokyo): Tokyo
Day 23 (Tokyo): Nikko day trip
Day 24 (Tokyo): Tokyo
Day 25 (Tokyo): Tokyo
Day 26 (Hokkaido): Sapporo (tourist stuff)
Day 27 (Hokkaido): Sapporo (snowboarding)
Day 28 (Hokkaido): Sapporo (snowboarding)
Day 29 (Hokkaido): Sapporo (snowboarding)


- Does this look feasible? (I'm open to changing the duration at certain cities, and also open to adding/removing cities)

- Any suggestions/feedback/tips?

Thanks all in advance!
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