My husband and I are going to Japan for the first time this May. We plan on being there for 9-10 days sometime in mid or end of May. I've read so many threads on itineraries but i'd love to read your opinions on my itinerary please:
Day 1 - from LAX-NRT arriving in NRT at 5am so plan on taking the shinkansen straight to Kyoto (we plan on taking ANA...returning flight leaves from NRT early am so we will do Tokyo last. Would have loved to do open jaw and arrive in Osaka but it's a few hundred $$ more expensive and we still have to stop over at Tokyo anyway)
Day2,3,4 - Kyoto
Day 5,6 - Takayama (the pictures look so beautiful...love the quaint old japan feel) and stay a ryokan with onsen
Day 7,8,9 - Tokyo (possibly Hakone as day trip if weather permits)
Day 10 - fly back home from HND
What do you think? It's our first time and may be the only time going to Japan because there are so many other beautiful places in the world that I want to see.
Is this too much traveling on trains?
Is Takayama worth the detour? Or should I be happy with the "old Japan" feel of Kyoto and scrap it completely?
Is Hakone a must see? I've read that weather can be questionable in May so is it worth going there if weather is so-so and we can't see Mt. Fuji?
Any suggestions or critiques?
I know there are tons of itinerary questions out there but I'd really appreciate your help.
Thank you so much :)