Me and my husband would like to visit Japan in March next year. We both very passionate about Asian culture in particular, and been dreaming to go and see Japan for quite a while. I know it's a long time until next March, but we just want to start looking and planning from now, just to be sure that we won't miss a thing. We both are in our mid-30's and we loves nature, temples, and cultures. If someone can give us some advice regarding our itinerary below, it would be fantastic. We are planning to go for 11 days, and hoping to see a bit of Japan for the first time.
The itinerary we've prepared are as follow:
Sunday, 25th of March - Flying from Birmingham to Tokyo
Monday, 26th of March - Arriving in Tokyo, Airport bus service from the airport to the hotel
Tuesday, 27th of March - Sightseeing around Tokyo
Wednesday, 28th of March - Train to Hakone from Tokyo
Thursday, 29th of March - Sightseeing around Hakone
Friday, 30th of March - Train to Kanazawa from Hakone and sightseeing around Kanazawa
Saturday, 31st of March - Train to Kyoto from Kanazawa
Sunday, 01st April - Sightseeing around Kyoto
Monday, 02nd April - Day trip to Nara, overnight back to Kyoto
Tuesday, 03rd of April - Train back to Tokyo from Kyoto
Wednesday, 04th of April - Airport bus service from Tokyo hotel to the airport
From the above itinerary, it will give us :
3 nights in total in Tokyo, 2 nights in Hakone, 1 night in Kanazawa, and 3 nights in Kyoto.
My questions are:
1) How easy is to travel DIY to Japan? (our budget will not enough to use a travel agent service)
2) Will we be able to find our way from A to B easy enough, considering this is our first time visit?
3) From the itinerary above, will buying JRP save us some money?
4) Can someone give us some suggestion whether the itinerary that we made doable and not too ambitious for first timer?
5) Is it easy enough to book all the transport in advance from the UK?
6) If any of you have some recommendations on what to see, where to go, where to stay, and places to eat, please let us know, and we will be very grateful :)
Thank you in advance for all your help,