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Itinerary Advice

Hi

I was looking to get some advice on what would be a good itinerary for a 6 day trip to Japan.

Our interests are food and scenery that we have heard so much about in Japan.

Any thoughts would be great.

Thank you

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1. Re: Itinerary Advice

With six days, you might pick just one location and do day trips from there.

Kyoto (Kansai International Airport) or Tokyo (Narita or Haneda Airport).

If you can extend your stay longer, then you'd have more time to travel around.

People who take food and scenery might like Kyoto over Tokyo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiseki

http://www.kyoto.travel/

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

With six days, you would spend 3.5 days for different areas within Kyoto City, 1 day for Nara, 1 day for Osaka. You can take the direct JR Haruka train from Kansai Airport.

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2. Re: Itinerary Advice

You can consider doing 3 (2) days in Tokyo, 3 (4) days in Kyoto. You'll get big, modern city contrasted with more traditional/cultural city.

Foodwise, in Tokyo, I would recommend getting a really good Jpns beef meal and a really good sushi meal. In Kyoto, I suggest staying overnight in a ryokan (traditional Jpns guesthouse) and having your dinner and bfast there. You can't choose what you eat so hopefully your palate is open-minded. For ryokan meals, you get what you pay for, and from my experience, the food really is much better at the higher-priced places. Ryokan pricing looks high, but it includes meals and dedicated service.

Scenery, you'll get a good stroll doing the Philosopher's walk and small streets around Kiyomizudera in Kyoto, see all the temples. Arashiyama has the bamboo forest. Fushimi Inari is fun to see with all the red gates. (As a side note, I probably wouldn't do Kamakura and Nikko day trips from Tokyo on the same trip as Kyoto since you'll see lots of temples and trees in Kyoto already).

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3. Re: Itinerary Advice

First go to the Japan National Tourism website for ideas, it may help you narrow down places of interest

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/

Food: you must love your seafood.

Kyoto: As far as food is concerned, Kyoto is fantastic if you want to try traditional kaiseki meals - a set course in small portions. The meals are elaborate & are themselves works of art. All over the world restaurants try to copy this concept but don't get near the skill & technique of Kyo ryori chefs.

Stay in a ryokan at least once on your trip (as Trippy suggests) as kaiseki meal is included. Just don't select a ryokan based on a bargain price (ryokan are vastly different western style hotels). It's worth paying more for the special experience.

Kyoto also has a lot of other fine restaurants too. Check this webpage http://www.kyoto.travel/dining/

Tokyo: is a culinary Disneyland - you can indulge all your food fantasies here. The city has the ultimate in fine dining in Japanese & international cuisines as well as humble stuff like noodles, oden & yakitori. It pays off to do some research before your go.

Scenery: For scenery that's not urban (and Kyoto is also city with traffic & fumes - people often forget to mention this) you need to travel well out of the cities. On that point, a daytrip to Mt Kurama near Kyoto city is easily accessible) Japan is mountainous & some areas are spectacular. Anyhow, browse that JNTO website and pick some places that interest you. Travelling long distances in Japan is fast & efficient with bullet trains.

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