I'm planning a trip to Japan in late May/early June with 17 year-old son. The trip is mainly for him (he's long wanted to do this) but with a few things to keep Mom happy too.
Please give me feedback on our proposed itinerary so far. I'm very detail oriented, so have tried to plan without overbooking us. There are a few days with minimal amount planned just in case something else comes up that we want to include. Looking for any suggestions/concerns/things we may have forgotten or that just won't work....thanks.
Day 1 (Sat): Arrive Tokyo 2pm, get Suica/N'Ex cards and take N'Ex to Shinjuku. Hotel: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. Check in, go for a walk in the immediate area, find some dinner and stay up as long as possible to help get acclimated.
Day 2 (Sun): Early morning visit to Meiji Shrine, then walk area of Harajuku/Yoyogi Park. Afternoon: walking tour of Akihabara/Electric Town.
Day 3 (Mon): Hakone (return to Tokyo in evening)
Day 4 (Tue): Edo-Tokyo Museum; visit Ginza, try to get makumi tickets for Kabuki-za theater matinee.
Day 5 (Wed): Visit Sensoji Temple and area; take Himeko water bus to Odaiba, spend remainder of day there.
Day 6 (Thur): Morning free (?); Afternoon Samurai/Ninja class; Evening: visit observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Govt Office
Day 7 (Fri): Early morning train to Kyoto. Check into hotel (Granvia); do self-guided walking tour of Eastern Kyoto (Kiyomizu, Sanjusangendo, Chion-in, etc) ending in Gion early evening.
Day 8 (Sat): Morning: visit Fushimi-Inari temple. Afternoon: free (?). Evening: Gion Corner.
Day 9 (Sun): Day trip to Himeji Castle and Engyoji Temple.
Day 10 (Mon): Full day tour: Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace Golden Pavilion in morning, Nara in afternoon.
Day 11 (Tues): Send suitcases back to Tokyo hotel and travel with backpacks to Mt Koya. Overnight at Shojoshin-in Temple.
Day 12 (Wed): Travel to Hiroshima; spend afternoon visiting the Peace Memorial Park.
Day 13: (Thur): Miyajima. Late afternoon train back to Tokyo for overnight
Day 14: (Fri): Return to US