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Tokyo, Kyoto - then where....?

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Tokyo, Kyoto - then where....?


My partner and I are travelling with our 6 month baby to Japan for three weeks in June.

We're conscious of moving hotels too much with the little one so are planning to base ourselves in 3 [possibly 4] key locations across the period, from where we can do day-trips into the surrounding region. Right now only Tokyo and Kyoto are booked.

Right now we're considering Kanazawa and Takayama but can you please recommend some other city/town locations that are a good place to base ourselves whilst we explore another part of Japan?

After Kyoto we have another 6 nights to play with.



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1. Re: Tokyo, Kyoto - then where....?

We always stay in Kyoto or Osaka and do 6-8 day trips from there.

You can easily do day trip from there to:








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2. Re: Tokyo, Kyoto - then where....?

Are you departing Japan at Osaka or Tokyo?

http://www.japan-guide.com/ - has suggested itineraries.

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3. Re: Tokyo, Kyoto - then where....?

As mentioned, Kyoto is a good base for doing day trips to Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Shiga Prefecture (Hikone, Nagahama, Koka, Omi Hachiman), Amano Hashidate or Kinosaki Onsen. But Kyoto suburbs such as Ohara, Kurama, Takao, Uji, Ishiyamadera, and Suntory distilleries at Yamazaki can easily satisfy your extra days.

Hiroshima is a good base for exploring the Sanyo Region; you may use Takuhain delivery service or coin lockers at Shinkansen stations wisely to see the Korakuen garden in Okayama, the Bikan district and Ohara Museum in Kurashiki, Tomonoura old port town off Fukuyama, Kure naval base.

Nagoya is a good base for exploring Magome/Tsumago post towns, the Ise Shrines, Toba and Ago Bay coastal resorts, Inuyama Castle and Meiji Mura Open Air Museum (for buildings of the modernization era).

It's not impossible to do Takayama and Gero Onsen from Nagoya in a day if you start early, but Takayama itself should be better as a base for exploring the nearby mountain areas such as Shirakawago, Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, Hirayu Onsen, Hida Furukawa town.

Southern Wakayama Prefecture, with its popular Shirahama Onsen resort, quaint Nachi Katsuura port, as well as the old pilgrimage hikes around Kumano Shrine can also be recommended.

Concerning luggage, send them by Takuhaibin from hotel/airport to hotel/airport and travel light:


Edited: 17 May 2014, 16:52
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