This will be my first solo trip that is that far and that long. Im going in the beginning of May-- but my trip starts in April elsewhere--so Im making all plans now. Hopefully would make it for cherry blossom... Im planning to visit at least 3 flower parks. I've made an itinerary plan (it's a work in progress... Help!) and I have few questions for those who well traveled Japan:
Tokyo: 4 nights with a one day trip to Hitachi Seaside Park. (?)
Fuji Five Lakes : 1 night.
Q: What area is best to stay? Should I take a climbing trip to mount Fuji? I'm planning to visit the Fuji Shibazakura Festival.
Kyoto: 4 nights. with one day trip to Arashiyama. bamboo forest and all kinds of activities of site seeing.
Osaka: 1 night. Not sure If I should stay a night, and there is enough to do in just one day trip.
*Shirakawago : 1 Night. I wanted to visit a real village. Your opinion? (It's about 4 hours from Kyoto)
*Miyajima: 1 night.
Nikko, Nara, and Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture are also places I want to visit and may replace it with other.
1. Maybe a day trip will do?
2. Is it too much/ too many places?
3. In your opinion, should I change my above itinerary, because there are places I should not miss?
3.5 Plus, maybe the fact Im traveling solo makes a difference?
4. And last: As I'll have some luggage with me-- Is there a place in Tokyo I could keep/ store it for few days? Im leaning towards staying in Shubuya area.
Thank you very much all. Hope it's not too confusing.