Hey! Got two weeks (June 4th-18th)...gonna spend the first 5 nights in Tokyo, found a cheap hotel in Ginza, then want to spend a good portion of the rest of my time in Kyoto and outlying areas, and then I'll be flying out of KIX. So...a couple questions:
Planning to buy a rail pass, is it worth it to spend the extra money for the green car? less crowded, more space, no reservations etc.
Also would really like to stay in some cheaper ryokans for most of my trip (preferably with no curfew) and then go all out at Hiiragiya or something similar for a few nights. But I will be traveling alone, and I've noticed that many ryokans will not accept lonewolf (no cub). :) Any suggestions?
And finally...is Kyoto a good place to post up...if I visit Nara, Himeji, Shikoku, Hiroshima are those overnight destinations?
Oh, and if there is any place I absolutely have to visit the last 2/3 of my trip is not booked yet, so I am open to suggestions!
Thanks in advance for any help!