My husband and I are finally making our dream come true and we're travelling to Japan in May. The thing is we are taking our by then 8 months old baby and this of course changes the priorities (and everything). We still want to see and do as much as possible but we also have to bear in mind that our little monkey might not be up for a crazy busy schedule (as I am used to).
I would like to kindly ask you to advice me on the route I have planned so far, in case there is room for improvement, and the travel options. I have read everything related to it in the forum and the website but would still appreciate some help.
Our travel is planned as follows:
May 2. Arrival in Osaka early in the morning and relaxed sightseeing with a jet lag.
May 3. Early departure to Koyasan (purchasing the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket seems like a good idea) and overnight stay at a buddhist temple.
May 4. Leaving Koyasan and heading towards Kyoto, where we have a hotel reservation for 5 nights.
May 5-8. Kyoto and a one-day trip to Nara in the middle of it.
May 9. Heading towards Takayama and spending the day and night there: I think probably the most convenient option would be taking the Wide View Hida, the alternative option would be the Shinkansen via Nagoya.
May 10. Taking the bus to Shirakawa-go and, later on this day, the bus to Kanazawa where we stay overnight.
May 11. Kanazawa and later in the afternoon heading towards Tokyo.
May 12-17. Tokyo with possible one day trips to Kamakura, Nikko and Fuji 5 lakes.
May 18. Flying back from Tokyo
-Koyasan World Heritage Ticket
-I was considering buying the Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass but since it does not cover the Kyoto-Nagoya connection and it appears to take longer reaching Takayama this way, I decided against it.
-I am considering buying the JR Pass for 7 days (activating it with our trip to Takayama), I tried the calculator and it seems to pay off if we manage to do the one-day trips from Tokyo. What bothers me is that we lose one day (Takayama-Shirakawa-go-Kanazawa) and that we have to do the one-day trips in the 4 days following our arrival to Tokyo (and I see the JR Pass does not fully cover these trips) but it still seems like a better option than paying every train ticket and purchasing the JR Tokyo Wide Pass instead.
What do you think?
All suggestions and comments will be highly appreciated!
Thanks a lot!