Hi, I'm planning to visit Japan with my husband for a fortnight this spring, staying in a few different places. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed with information overload while planning the trip, but I could use some feedback on my thoughts...
We're planning to stay in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo and make day trips from each while we're there. I'm thinking either 4 nights/3 nts/6 nts respectively, or 3 nts/3 nts/7 nts. Let me know which sounds most appropriate, or if there are any other must-see areas we should squeeze in along the way. Although this is our first visit to Japan and we want to see as much as possible, I still want it to feel like a holiday (and not like I'm just moving my suitcase about all the time), so let's hope there's a happy balance.
Our flight would land in the morning, so with typical hotel check-in time being early afternoon (and our return flight being in the morning; I don't want to waste the last day of our trip travelling back from somewhere further afield to stay just one night in Tokyo to be near the airport), I thought Kyoto would make an ideal choice for our first stay. Is the journey from Narita Airport to Kyoto a realistic one for 2 possibly weary and confused foreigners? ;)
I'd like to see plenty of [potentially elusive] cherry blossom; I was thinking we should arrive around 24th March, so we'd be there for the last week of March and the first week of April. I know it's not possible to predict perfect timing, but does this sound about right? Earlier/later?
If anyone has any info about getting to Okunoshima, I'd love to hear it - sounds like my kind of place, I'm really keen to visit when we're staying in Hiroshima.
Based on the stops above, would JR passes be a good idea for us? I've heard they can also be used for a ferry to Miyajima, another trip I'm hoping to make.
Thanks in advance for any help, and apologies for any annoying questions I may ask. ;)