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Ross Allenby

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24 day car tour- can anyone recommended an itinerary?

Hi fellow travelers :-)

I am flying into Narita on Sunday and have 24 days in Japan.

We are renting a car and wondering if anyone could recommend an itinerary for newbies to Japan!

Thanks all 

Ross

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  • Sabine van der Horst

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    Hi Ross, next to all the other tips for Japan, definately go to the mountain area of Okuhida Onsengo Hirayu near Takayama and Shin Hotaka and stay for 2 days at one of the beautiful and authentic Ryokans in the area and enjoy the natural hot springs (onsen). We went to one near Shin-Hotaka and it was called Ryokan Souan. It was heaven! Just peaceful rest in the mountainside while you are steaming in a natural hot bath besides a beautiful wild river. Eat, sleep, rest, soak Japanese style. The thing is that I can not find that particular Ryokan on the internet (also because nobody spoke 1 word of English there), but I am sure if you ask around or search the web you will find a good Ryokan to stay at (there are many in that area). Good luck!

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    in 24 days you can see a lot of Japan. I'd agree with the option of trains rather than self drive. JR passes will save you heaps on intercity shinkansen and that pass will get you on the ferry to Miyajima as well. I'd suggest a few days in Tokyo-maybe take in a sumo tournament or some kabuki theatre while there. Take a day trip to Nikko while there-there are beautiful shrines (e.g. Toshogu Shrine) and Edo Wonderland has ninjas, etc and is fun. Nikko National Park if you like hiking. Mt Fuji definitely. Osaka-they are known for their love affair with food. From Osaka's Namba station you can take a train to Koya-san about 1 +1/2 hours-beautiful going up mountain, and then take a cable car. It's a holy mountain with 100 monasteries. From Osaka only a short train ride to Kyoto -many temples- Kinkakuji(golden temple), don't miss Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine (avenue of red tori gates). Go to Tenruji Temple at Arashiyama (bus from train station or local suburban train), and from the temple go on to walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Try staying in temple lodgings at Shunkoin temple in Kyoto for a different experience of Japan. From Osaka you can also do a day trip to Nara- temple there is biggest wooden structure in world- much to see. From Osaka south to Himeji Castle. Hiroshima- the Peace Park and Museum will give you a lot to think about. From Hiroshima, take a tram and then ferry to Myajima-worth visiting.

    If you have time, Naoshima Island in the Inland Sea is interesting-art museums and art installations-even a 007 museum devoted to James Bond!

    I'd suggest going to the south island and visiting Nagasaki-it often gets overlooked in favor of Hiroshima, but is very interesting and a lot to see. Try to get to Beppu- most thermal springs in Japan- this is the place to try the onsen, or mud baths, sand baths or steam baths- Onsen Hoyo Land or Takegawara onsen are interesting. Also visit the Jigoku Sumi(The Hells) There are 9 and can be done in a walk. Just walking around is interesting as steam comes from manholes in ground, gratings, etc.Jigokudani Monkey Park in hills above Beppu. Take a side trip from Beppu to Usuki- walk through the old samurai district and see the rare stone Buddhas carved into cliff face.

    I'd leave time when you return to Tokyo to see a little of the north, maybe go to Sapporo.

    Wherever you go in Japan, you will enjoy it!

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      Thanks a lot, loads of great info :-) Currently in Kyoto having had a great time in Hakone and looking at mount Fuji! · (1 likelikes)

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    24 days is enough to enjoy all areas of Japan. First, recommend to use train instead of car. If you don't get into a shinkanzen(bullet train) you will not have a full experience of Japanese culture. Buy a train pass and will be cheaper.

    For itinerary.

    Narita, Tokyo,Fujii, Osaka , Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, the number of days.. Depends, I'll do 6 Tokyo, 3 Fuji on a classic old Japanese house, 3 Osaka, 2 Kyoto, 2 Nara, 4 Hiroshima , from Hiroshima you can go to miyajima, you can add the north of Japan at the beginning. The rest of the days to drive. If you use train you can go from one city to the other in a couple of hours.

    One thing good of Japan, any place you go, you will enjoy it.

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