My future husband and I will be honeymooning in Japan from May 10-22. I thought it would be interesting to see a palace or a castle while we are there (and it would make a nice break from temples and shrines). However, it seems that the Tokyo and Kyoto Imperial palaces are recommended against, being described as boring. Since these places, as well as several others I saw, require advance reservation and therefore a specific time commitment, I want to ensure that whatever palace or castle we see is worthwhile. Also I would like recommendation as to how to best fit such a visit into our itinerary. Right now our itinerary looks like this:
Mon.-Tues. May 10-11: Ueno, Asakusa, Akihabara
Wed. May 12: Kamakura
Thurs. May 13: Ghibli Museum, Shibuya/Harajuku, possibly Tokyo Tower in the evening (though this can easily be moved to a different day)
Fri. May 14: Asakusa to see Sanja Matsuri
Sat. May 15: Depart for Kyoto, visit northern area (i.e. Kinkakuji), but we have to check into our new lodgings (Buddhist temple) from 3:30pm-6:30pm
Sun. May 16: Do zen meditation and temple tour at 9:00am, then depart for our ryokan stay in Gion (must check in there by 3pm-6:30pm). Hoping to make a stop into central Kyoto before checking into the ryokan, might make a good opportunity to see a castle/palace. Do you think there is enough time to do so? And is a lot of stuff closed on Sunday? Will this limit us?
Mon. May 17: Explore Higashiyama area.
Tues. May 18: Explore Arashiyama area.
Wed. May 19: Fushimi Inari Shrines. Visit Nara.
Thurs. May 20: Head back to Tokyo (Ginza area).
Fri. May 21: Visit Hakone/Fuji, or somewhere around that area.
Sat. May 22: Tsukiji Fish Market early in the morning. Head to Narita airport to depart for home.