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Itinerray Question: Osaka-Kyoto-Alpine route 2019/3/22 14:46
Dear All, I would l really appreciate any comments on my rough itinerary for mid-April.

Not my first time in Osaka & Kyoto, thus skipping through.

Day 1
Arrival 6pm KIX- Kyoto (ICOCA 1600 yen)
Stay at Kyoto

Day 2 - Kyoto
Day trip to Nara (1400 yen return)
Stay at Kyoto

Day 3 (Activate JR 7-days pass)
Kyoto to Toyama
Stay at Toyama

Day 4
(Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket)
One way takeyama kurobe alpine route (7-8hrs)
Baggage forwarding
Stay at Matsumoto

Day 5
Matsumoto-Takayama (Bus 4950 yen)
Takayama explore
Stay at Takayama

Day 6 sat
Day trip to Shirakawago
Stay at Takayama

Day 7 sun
Takayama to Gero
Stay at Gero onsen

Day 8
Gero stn to Osaka (3hr)
Stay at Osaka

Day 9 (end of JR 7-days pass)
Day trip Hiroshima
Stay at Osaka

Day 10
Osaka aquarium
7.35 pm flight KIX-SIN

Thank you in advance!
by Jessica (guest)  

Re: Itinerray Question: Osaka-Kyoto-Alpine route 2019/3/22 16:13
Some comments:
1) why not staying in Nara at the beginning? You could get to the Daibutsu first thing in the morning when it opens and avoid crowds. And the see everything else plus you get to see Nara in the evening after most tourists have left.
2) check if the Alpine route is already open, mid April is a bit vague and it has a slated opening time from 15/April onwards depending however on wheather. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7550.html
3) I havenft been to Gero onsen, but looking at pictures it doesnft look like a specially nice onsen town (and I guess you have it on your list for the onsen). Ifd replace it with Hirayu onsen.

Other forum members might have additional feedback.

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

Re: Itinerray Question: Osaka-Kyoto-Alpine route 2019/3/22 18:00
Thanks @LikeBike!

1. I decided to exclude Nara to spend more time in Tokyo
2. I will arrive 15 April SIN-KIX just nice for the opening time!
3. Considering your comment and searching for Hirayu onsen, we decided to go Arima instead. I read that the top 3 onsens in Japan are Arima, Gero and Kusatsu.

Updated itinerary:
KIX to Osaka Limousine bus - ICOCA 1600 yen
(Japan Rail Pass) 7 days – 29,110 yen
Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket – 9,000 yen

Day 1
Arrival 6pm KIX- kyoto
Stay at Kyoto

Day 2 - Kyoto
Exploro Kyoto
Late-blooming sakura
Stay at Kyoto

Day 3 (Activate JR 7-days pass)
Kyoto to Kanazawa (find lockers to put bags)
Kenrokuen
Kanazawa-Toyama
Stay at Toyama

Day 4
Day trip to Shirakawago/Gokayama (bus 1h20min) -
Stay at Toyama

Day 4
(Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket)
One way takeyama kurobe alpine route (7-8hrs)
Baggage forwarding
Stay at Matsumoto

Day 5
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto-Nagoya-Osaka (3.5 hr)
Stay at Osaka (put luggage and bring small bags)

Day 6 sat
Osaka-Kobe-Himeji
Lunch Kobe beef
Himeji castle
Stay at Himeji

Day 7 sun
Himeji to Hiroshima+Miyajima day trip
Stay at Himeji

Day 8
Himeji to Kinosaki Onsen Town (3hr)
Stay at Onsen Ryokan

Day 9 (end of JR 7-days pass)
Kinosaki Onsen-Osaka
Last min shopping
Stay at Osaka (same hotel as Day 5 for luggage collection)

Day 10
Osaka aquarium
7.35 pm flight KIX-SIN
by Jessica (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Itinerray Question: Osaka-Kyoto-Alpine route 2019/3/22 21:24

Personally, I found Takayama itself much more interesting than Shirakawa Go which seemed like a huge tourist trap in February 2010. Everything seemed to be a shop or a restaurant. I thought the Gassho zukuri you could see in Hida no Sato Village were much more interesting and I thought the explanations and activities were more compelling. (I went to Hida no Sato in June 2017.)
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