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Where to base ourselves

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Where to base ourselves

We are travelling to Japan for only 8 days in June. I thought we could stay in Tokyo for 3 days and then travel to, and base ourselves in either Osaka or Kyoto. We would do some day trips - unplanned as yet!

Osaka or Kyoto - any suggestions please. Thanks

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1. Re: Where to base ourselves

If you will be spend more time at Kyoto than Osaka, then base yourself at Kyoto.

If you have enough days between the two, switching hotels isn't necessarily a bad idea so you can avoid the approximately 45-minute commute daily.

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2. Re: Where to base ourselves

i too, would recommend kyoto. consider staying at a ryokan, and to escape the heat, look into a day trip or overnight up in kibune (village up in mountains with ryokan that serve meals on platforms over the river, 40min north by train).

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3. Re: Where to base ourselves

Ask 100 people, and you'll have over 90 people answering Kyoto. As much as I love Osaka.

Today the cherry trees were almost in full bloom at Ueno Park. Although I had a nice late bento lunch there, way too many people were there for me to properly enjoy, though (national holiday). I'll probably return in the evening after people went home.

Edited: 20 March 2013, 07:35
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4. Re: Where to base ourselves

Please do some research at www.japan-guide.com - the site has some suggested itineraries. IMO, with your timeframe base yourself in two cities. Do day trips to other destinations as time allows.

Consider flying open-jaw, in at Tokyo and out at Osaka or vice versa. This will eliminate the return train trip to either city.

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