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Ideas for first time traveller

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Ideas for first time traveller

Sixty year old female travelling with adult son

Interested in an 18 day itinerary

Not too keen on big cities

Interested in ceramics & nature

Not interested in expensive hotels

Train travel?

All suggestions and ideas welcome.

Thank you

Kaye

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1. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Dear Kaye, although each prefecture in Japan has its own way of making ceramics, a few places might attract your attention:

- Seto in the suburbs of Nagoya;

- Shigaraki about 1-1.5 hour from Kyoto;

- Arita/Imari/Karatsu about 1 hour away from Fukuoka (Hakata);

- Mashiko in Gunma, about 2 hours from Tokyo.

I might recommend including Shigaraki near Kyoto and Arita/Imari/Karatsu near Fukuoka to your trip, to see a wide range of ceramics.

- For many tourist travelers, Kyoto alone might require 3-4 days, with Nara as 1-2 day extra:

Kyoto: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html

Nara: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2165.html

- How about relaxing in a countryside onsen (hot springs) town?

Kusatsu (from Tokyo): http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7402.html

Kinosaki (from Kyoto or Osaka): http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3525.html

Either 7 days or 14 days JR Pass might be recommended for you. Also, an open-jaw air ticket (landing at Kansai, leaving from Narita) might be considered.

You might land at Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX), spend a few days in Kyoto and visit Nara and Shigaraki from there, before activating your JR Pass. You might visit Kinosaki, Shikoku Island, and/or Hiroshima/Miyajima before going to lively Fukuoka city and quaint Karatsu town for Arima/Imari ceramics. Then, you might head on to Nagasaki or tour Southern Kyushu, before leaving for Nagoya and Seto for more ceramics, or another onsen break in Hida Valley and the mountains of Japan Alps. You might proceed to Tokyo (Kamakura, Hakone/Izu, Nikko are popular tourist destinations out of Tokyo), visit Mashiko perhaps, or Kusatsu onsen resort.

You might then finally fly out of Narita Airport.

General travel information: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/

http://www.japan-guide.com/

JR Pass: http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html

Timetable and fares calculation: http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

Hotel search: http://www.jalan.net/en/japan_hotels_ryokan/ ; http://travel.rakuten.com/ ; http://www.japanican.com/hotels/

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2. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Have a look at the self-guided itineraries here for ideas:

insidejapantours.com/self-guided-japan-holid…

If you decide you do want help. you could contact Inside Japan to see what they could do about a custom itinerary focussed on your specific interests

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3. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Hi there You have already had loads of great infor so just wanted to tell you about one of the highlights of my trip to japan which was a night in Koyasan at a buddhist temple. Its one of those really authentic japanese experiences from the completely vegan meals to getting up at the crack of dawn to listen to the monks at prayer. Koyasan is one of the biggest Buddhist centers in Japan and it is also the location of the largest buddhist cemetery in Japan. Its worth walking through here at night as the path (most of it) is lit by lanterns and it has a really surreal atmosphere. You should also go back during the day, to see some of the beautiful graves and at the end of the cemetery there is a large temple where I witnessed scores of monks going to pray. The whole place was simply enchanting.

have a great trip

angie

www.angietravels.com

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4. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

You might enjoy Takayama, a tidy little city in the mountains with an old section and other things to see: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5900.html

If you don't go there, Nihon Minkaen is a nice collection of old houses not far from Tokyo. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3253.html

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5. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

It mostly depends on what month you are planning this for. I would head north in the spring and fall, south in the winter and stick to the Kanto, Kansai and Japan seaside area most other times, but that's just my personal preference.

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6. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Thanks so much for your advice

Best wishes

Kaye

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7. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Thanks Angie so much for your help. Thank you for taking the time to help me

Kaye

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8. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Thanks Roger for taking the time to help me

Kind regards,

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9. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

Thanks so much for your help. Thank you for taking the time to help me

Best wishes,

Kaye

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10. Re: Ideas for first time traveller

This is just the sort of info I am looking for

Thanks again

Kaye