First, thank you very much for this website, all its valuable information, and all the people that contribute to us fellow travellers.
I have searched this forum looking for answers, and I have got some, but I would like to share our trip ideas, in hope of some advice. We are very confused as to where and when to go.
My wife and I are going to Japan arriving Tokyo Dec. 25, 2007 at 10am, leaving from Tokyo on Jan. 02, 2008 at 8pm. In our plans, we have Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone to visit. I really do not know if it is enough time to go to Osaka. Or if it is better to go to Osaka instead of Hakone. For what Ifve read here, the last week of the year is a little bit complicated; Shogatsu is the most important holiday of the year, so we are expecting difficulties. The questions are how to organize our trip:
1. I want to go to Akihabara, so I would think that it is best to stay in Tokyo the first 3 or 4 days, and then go to Kyoto, Hakone or Osaka. This is just base in the fact that I will suspect Akihabara to be close on the 30th, 31st, and 1st of January. Is this correct?
2. Then, we can go to Kyoto, stay there for 2 or 3 nights. On the way to Kyoto, we can stop in Hakone for one night.
3. Now, where is better to spend 31st Dec and 1st Jan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka?
4. I have mentioned these three cities because of what I heard, but in fact we are not sure where to go and for how long. Any opinions for other cities and places to go are very welcome.
5. Options for length in each city are:
Tokyo = 3 days, Hakone = 1 day, Kyoto = 3, Tokyo = 1day. Or,
Tokyo = 3 days, Kyoto = 2 days, Osaka = 3, Tokyo =1 day. Or,
Tokyo = 3 days, Hakone =1 day, Kyoto = 2, Osaka = 3.
6. All the decisions are going to be base upon what attractions (and where) are closed because New Year.
Thank you for all your big help,
Kmilo & Caro.