I have all my main itineraries planned for 2 weeks in Japan, so now is the time to plan the details. And I need your help again.
Tokyo (here we are mostly interested to see 'new' Japan - futuristic buildings, pop-culture, food, etc):
1. Arrive on Saturday (March,28) - the remaining part of the day walk around Ginza (we are staying in Shiodome area, so this should be relatively close).
2. Sunday - morning Akihabara (my son is interested) - then to Harajuku and Shibuya. Any other suggestions?
3. Monday - Fish market in the morning (how early would you suggest? It looks like we can not see the tuna action anyway) - then I am not sure - Hama Rikyu Garden? I would like to see Shinjuku area - east and west. Is east better at night? Or maybe Odaiba instead? What are your thoughts?
3. Tuesday - day trip to Nikko using JR pass.
Not sure if I have any room to fit Roppongi Hills.
After Tokyo, we go to Takayama, and then to Kyoto.
1. Arrive on Friday (around noon) - staying in hotel Karasuma. - see Ninjo-jo if there is enough time, otherwise walk around Nishiki Market (unusual food is a big point of interest for my son), walk around Gion, Pontoncho (sp?)
2. Saturday - Eastern Kyoto - follow one of the walks from JNTO from Kiyomizudera to Heian Shrine, and then possibly from Nanzenji temple to Ginkakuji temple. Not sure how long this takes, and if should cover parts of it by taxi. Any thoughts?
2. Sunday - see Ninjo-jo if did not see on Friday, see Kinkakuji Temple and Ryoanji, and then to Arashyama. Not sure if this is doable. How to adjust it, so I see Arashyama? I really want to see the bamboo grove and the monkey park.
3. Monday - day trip to Nara and Fushimi-Inary. Actually, I am not sure if it is better to go to a day trip to Nara on Sunday, and spend Monday in Kyoto. Or maybe spend more time in Kyoto and not go to Nara?
Tuesday we go to Koya-san.
Also, any food places recommendations? For Kaiseki? Or any places for unusual Japanese food (this is for my son)?
As always, thank you in advance for your invaluable help!