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Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/4 01:35
Hello everybody,

We are 2 ladies (about 70 y.o.), planning a trip to Japan (first was on Sakura time, now the foliage time). could you help with suggestions, including schedule and best transportation to take,
probably using JR pass, taking into consideration our interests:
scenery, gardens and nature, special architecture buildings, art museums, and Onsen when possible.
My favorite places are: Tokyo, Hakone, Fuji, Kiso valley, JP Alps, Kyoto (on the 22nd - the Matsuri festival), Hiroshima, Naoshima, Koya San.
Airports would be Tokyo and Osaka.
Thanks a lot,

Nira
by Nira140  

Re: Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/4 10:50
If autumn foliage is your primary objective, then you should be looking in Tōhoku and Hokkaido areas. October is too early for fall colors in Tokyo and Kyoto.
See this map: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2014.html

by KYO (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/4 12:22
The above is correct, but another opportunity is the Japan Alps. Lots of early autumn colors you can try and see. You could also see some in the Fuji 5 Lakes area, Nikko, Oze, Minakami, Koyasan, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and Shosenkyo Gorge in Yamanashi.
And while too early for the autumn colors, if you like nature there are many large traditional gardens you can see in the cities as well.
https://goo.gl/KoqErH

And if you like special architecture, go see Meiji Mura in Inuyama City, near Nagoya. It has the country's finest open-air museum in the country.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3353.html
https://is.gd/JRlfyW
by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/4 12:51
Agreed. Our trip in 2018 was from about the 25th October through to early November - Kamikochi was already past peak when we got there, but the trip from Kamikochi to Takayama was spectacular, and Takayama was awesome and about peak when we were there around the 30th October.
by Lazy Pious (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/4 20:02
Hello all,

Thanks so much Ken for great ideas unknown to me, as well as to Kyo and Lazy Pious for their recommendations.
Hokkaido seems to me a bit complicated (transportation wise) for scenic autumn views in public rides, unless somebody can help me in that matter.
Would love a help to organize your ideas Ken in a logical (transportation wise) manner, or the sequence you suggested is a good one?
I know that Tokyo and Kyoto are too early for enjoying the foliage, but my friend is keen on visiting them.
While visiting Hiroshima feels like a must to me.

Hope for your precious help,

Nira
by Nira140 rate this post as useful

Re: Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/4 22:43
Hokkaido might be transportation wise a bit more complicated, but there is Tohoku as well. Probably the easiest accessible spot for koyo is Tazawako. Even has a Shinkansen station.

Eg you could do 1 week in Tohoku. Something like Tokyo-Hiraizumi-Nyuto onsen /Hachimantai- Kakunodate-Yamadera (close to Yamagata and back to Tokyo.

All those places are easy to reach by Shinkansen or train.

Then you still have 2 weeks for Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima.

Just an idea.

Enjoy planning your trip to Japan!
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Itinerary for 3 weeks in October 2019/2/5 08:27
Regarding the transportation issues, I am glad to help if I can, but first you need to decide on where exactly you are going, and only you know your own interests and favorites best - so do your research. I mentioned a lot of places and you can easily look them up on this site as well as elsewhere, and then make a plan. Afterward, you can decide the best way to get there, or remove an idea if it is impractical or impossible. Please be aware also that some places like Yamadera may be very nice, but it entails a thousand steps climb up a mountain.
by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

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