We are heading to Nozawa Onsen for a week in January and have 6 further nights in Japan - I thought we would have three in Kyoto and 3 in Tokyo. This is our first time in Japan. We arrive and depart from Tokyo.
Im just starting to work on the detail, and wonder, with limited time , whether we should include Kyoto as it's a good 5+ Hours travel time from NO, and likewise back to Tokyo? I am completely open to changing things ( apart from NO, which is booked to coincide with Fire Festival) . Above all we want it to be an interesting but relaxing break, so we are content knowing we'll only be scraping the surface this time by not filling every minute with cramming in the sights. We love Japanese food and I think given the 'newness' of everything we will enjoy just wandering about; we do want to look at electronics and where ladies buy their kimono supplies etc, things that are uniquely Japanese.
I' m pretty sure Kyoto warrants the travel ( which will hopefully be part of the fun, and I love looking out train windows) but as I am not aware of what else may be closer to NO and Tokyo, I thought I'd seek your advice, which is, as always, very much appreciated.