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First Time to Japan...Wanting to see a lot in a short time

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First Time to Japan...Wanting to see a lot in a short time


There is a group of 4 (2 couples) travelling to Japan. We have booked Tokyo for 3 nights, Hakuba for 4 nights (including Christmas Day) then we have 3 nights spare and then Osaka for 3 nights (including New Years). In our spare days we were thinking of 1 night at a place such as Five Lakes (or somewhere that has a ncie view of Mt Fuji) and then 2 nights in Kyoto. Accomodation needs to be reasonably priced, nothing too cheap but also nothing to expensive, 50-80AUD per night per person suits good.

Open to different suggestions for our 3 spare nights though. Would love to be able to stay somewhere a bit fancy with a nice view of Mt Fuji, but I have been reading a lot of information and am thinking this might be quite hard to fit in? We will be getting a JR Rail Pass. We haven't decided on a 7 or 14 day pass yet though as they are quite expensive and we would only need 7 days but everywhere says it has to be 7 consecutive days, which in that case we would need the 14 day pass.

Any tips of must see sights at any of our locations (including must do's in Osaka for New Years (nightlife/traditional events) would be appreciated as well!

Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: First Time to Japan...Wanting to see a lot in a short time

New Years: Don't expect big bash celebrations like in NYC or something

It's a family holiday, big cities can be pretty deserted.

Did some googling, you can go visit a shrine/temple, do countdown in various bars, or apparently celebrate it in Universal Studios Japan.


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