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Old 18-02-2016, 12:06 AM   #1
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Visiting Japan for the first time; where to go for a 7/8D trip?

Hi all,

Planning a 7-8 days trip to Japan in early-mid November this year, preferably to see some koyo. First time travelling to Japan.

Which of the following would you recommend for a first timer:
1. Tokyo, maybe day trips to Nikko and Hakone/Fuji Five Lakes
2. Kyoto, Nara, Osaka
3. Hokkaido
4. Kyushu

Want to travel at a relaxed pace and cover more depth within a region, rather than just touch and go. Thanks for your inputs!
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Old 18-02-2016, 12:08 AM   #2
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Depends u like the traditional / scenery / temples part of Japan (then go Kansai) or the modern / pop culture / neon lights part (then go Tokyo).
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Depends u like the traditional / scenery / temples part of Japan (then go Kansai) or the modern / pop culture / neon lights part (then go Tokyo).
Personally I like the traditional part of Japan, but I scared the gf will get temple/shrine/garden fatigue.

It would be ideal if I can go on a 12/13D trip so that I can cover both Kanto and Kansai, but probably can't take such long leave. Dilemma.
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If you fear that your gf might get the fatigue from there, probably you might go with the first option? The day trips out of Tokyo serves for the scenery and temple parts (Fuji Five Lakes and Nikko), while the city part can be covered in Tokyo. It's probably easy to design the trip to fill up all 8 days.
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Personally I like the traditional part of Japan, but I scared the gf will get temple/shrine/garden fatigue.

It would be ideal if I can go on a 12/13D trip so that I can cover both Kanto and Kansai, but probably can't take such long leave. Dilemma.
option 1 will be good since u are a first timer.
for traditional stuff, u can visit the world heritage temples and shrines in Nikko. u can also consider making a day trip to Kamakura for traditional stuff.
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My wife doesn't like temples/nature as much as i do, so i alternate city/shopping with temples/nature. It works better than a string of temples visits without breaks. Another way is to split up for some solo travel time.
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Hi all,

Planning a 7-8 days trip to Japan in early-mid November this year, preferably to see some koyo. First time travelling to Japan.

Which of the following would you recommend for a first timer:
1. Tokyo, maybe day trips to Nikko and Hakone/Fuji Five Lakes
2. Kyoto, Nara, Osaka
3. Hokkaido
4. Kyushu

Want to travel at a relaxed pace and cover more depth within a region, rather than just touch and go. Thanks for your inputs!
If it's 7-8 days, option 1 is good. Hokkaido may be too early for Koyo.

Tokyo is a good introduction and a good base to travel for various day trips.

And of course the Disney theme parks if your gf likes them.
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Hi all,

Planning a 7-8 days trip to Japan in early-mid November this year, preferably to see some koyo. First time travelling to Japan.

Which of the following would you recommend for a first timer:
1. Tokyo, maybe day trips to Nikko and Hakone/Fuji Five Lakes
2. Kyoto, Nara, Osaka
3. Hokkaido
4. Kyushu

Want to travel at a relaxed pace and cover more depth within a region, rather than just touch and go. Thanks for your inputs!
If your purpose is for koyo..u will have to at least make a pit stop to Kyoto in my opinon....the whole place will be buzzing during the koyo season....
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If your purpose is for koyo..u will have to at least make a pit stop to Kyoto in my opinon....the whole place will be buzzing during the koyo season....
Ah, but I don't like squeezing in too many places in a single one week trip, so it's either I go Kansai this time around and leave Kansai for a separate trip, and vice versa.
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