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Tour of Japan

Redditch
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Tour of Japan

Hi

Three adults flying to Tokyo May for 14 night, thinking of 3 nights Tokyo, then Hakone, Koyto and then beach for a couple of days before flying back from Osaka. Any ideas of hotels places to visit gratefully received.

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Miss Froggy from Redditch!

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Hi, when in Japan on a deluxe escorted tour I was lucky to stay at some top-notch hotels. They might be too expensive for your needs, though. In Tokyo I was at the wonderful Okura Hotel near the American Embassy. In Hakone, I was at the historic Fujiya Hotel in Miyanoshita. I highly recommend that place (see review) as it is a window into Old Japan. You can call the Fujiya Hotel directly and ask for the "foreigner rate" of about $125.00 U.S. per night, with perhaps an extra charge for the third person. I think the tax is included in that rate, not sure. In Kyoto I was at the Miyako Hotel, one of the best in that beautiful city, with nice gardens and a special ryokan section of Japanese-style rooms for an added charge. There are many places to see in those areas, so get a guidebook. Don't miss Nara for the deer park or Kamakura for the big Daibutsu statue. North of Tokyo you can visit Nikko and its fascinating shrine with the ornate Yomeimon Gate and painted wooden carving of the "Sleeping Cat under Peonies in Bloom."

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I second the recommendation of the Westin Miyako in Kyoto. (If you book a room there through a travel agent or online service, be sure to specify that name exactly so that you don't wind up with a reservation at the "New Miyako," a nothing-special newer hotel by the train station.) The views are spectacular, you're a short walk from a good many shops and tourist attractions, and the hotel operates a free shuttle bus to the main downtown area and Kyoto Station.

I've never heard of people traveling to Japan for its beaches! But since you have that on your itinerary, two I recommend are Suma (on the western edge of Kobe) and Kushimoto (the eastern tip of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture.) The latter is pretty popular with the "natives," but sees relatively few Western visitors. I only got to know the area myself because of family friends who were originally from there. You reach it by a relaxing and scenic JR train ride from Osaka that takes about four hours. The region's economy is principally based on fishing and farming, and the environment is refreshingly quiet and rural in comparison to so much of coastal Japan. If you do go there, bring along books and games because the beach is not only an attraction but THE attraction, with a large Shinto shrine in Matsushima and a fairly shabby aquarium about the only other sights to see. En route to or from Kushimoto (or instead of going there) think about sojourning for a day or two on Koya-san. It's about midway between Osaka and Kushimoto, and is a "Buddhist metropolis." Many of Japan's Buddhist sects are headquartered there. You could stay for a month and not see all the temples and cemeteries on Koya, and if you spend the night at one of the temples that welcome guests you'll always remember it.

Of course, with 14 days you could never leave Kyoto and just be getting your feet wet at the end of the two weeks!

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How much are you wanting to spend per night?

Redditch
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Hi

thanks for the info

as to how much per night, apprecaite we will have pay more in Tokyo around ��100 for a tripple?? but thought less for the rest of Japan?

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Hi

Have booked our accommodation now, Tokyo, then the Alps for three nights, Koyoto anhting we should not miss??

Miss Froggy

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One other thing that might interest you is that there is going to be a World's Fair this summer near Nagoya, Japan. I don't know much about it, but you can probably find its website somewhere. I read that you can easily get to the site of the fair by train. It should be open by the time you arrive in Japan. I attended the Expo '70 World Fair in Osaka 35 years ago, and it was wonderful.

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Here is a site for JNTO. On the upper right, you'll see a link for the Expo that the previous poster mentioned. JTB Sunrise has go-as-you-please or escorted tours - but they don't seem to allow much time at the Expo.

http://www-1.expo2005.or.jp/en/index.html