here's what's going on, my girlfriend and i live in France and we want to go to Japan for 3 weeks next summer. neither of us has ever been to Japan, she has a friend who lives in Fukuoka and who would be ready to host us when we're there, the thing is, we don't want to stay in Fukuoka, we want to visit Kyoto and Tokyo as well.
luckily the Sanyo shinkansen train goes from Fukuoka to Kyoto and the Tokaido shinkansen goes from Kyoto to Tokyo but i have no idea where we could sleep in Tokyo and Kyoto. i though about cheap hotels or maybe couch-surfing.
The ideal travel plan would be to fly to Fukuoka, stay for a few nights then travel to Kyoto, stay for a few days to visit major shrines, temples etc.., go to Tokyo, stay until the end of the trip and take the plane back from there. also thought about stopping near mount Fuji, what do you think would would be the best way to do that? going there from Tokyo and then coming back?
What i'm asking for here, is all the information that comes to mind that could help us make our trip cheaper and more interesting, advice on places to visit is welcome. if anyone has been to japan, do you have any particular advice for us?
thanks in advance