A friend who has been to Japan has finally helped me work out an itinerary. the last one I suggested using a ferry to Beppu etc was too much train travel.
3 nights in Tokyo (arriving Sept 2)
2 nights Matsumoto
2 nights Takayama
2 nights Nagoya
2 nights Kyoto
2 nights Tokyo (departing Sept 15)
Both my husband and I thought we'd like to see Hiroshima & this we can't do on the above. I'm thinking perhaps we skip Matsumoto altogether and go straight to Takayama then from Kyoto take the rail over to Hiroshima for 2 nights then back to Tokyo for the final 2 nights. From what I've read there seems to be more of interest in Takayama than Matsumoto and since it will be early Sept we wouldn't see any fall colours on the bus travel between the two towns anyway. What's the consensus here?