I would really appreciate some advice on filling my tricky itinerary in late August. I am flying into Osaka a week before I'm due to attend a convention in Sapporo. 2 days after the convention I fly back from Nagoya. So, I desperately need to find the best way to fill these 6.5 day (before Sapporo)+ 2 days (after).
My plan was to spend the first 2.5 days in Kyoto, followed by 1 day in Nara. In the end, I wanted to stay for two days in Tokyo before going to Nagoya. Does this make sense or should I allow more days for any of these three?
This leaves me with 2.5-3 days to fill after Nara and before Sapporo, and I cannot decide on a good route. I am currently considering Hakone, Nikko, Himeji and Kamakura, but clearly can't do all - given also the distances and travel times. What would be the best choice(s)? And any other suggestions are also appreciated!
It's my first time in Japan and I'm keen to see as much as possible.