Late September we are flying to Japan for 2-weeks for our first visit to Japan. We're flying into Narita from Newark and plan to travel Kyoto upon arrival because I've discovered it's best to compress all the travel so we get to our first base and relax. We have tickets for some rugby world cup games in Tokyo/Yokohama on the middle weekend of our trip. We have regular 14-day Japan Rail passes.
We love history, gardens, food, my wife has a laundry list of things from a friend to see in the Tokyo area, and I like fit in some photography. Some Ryokan and Onsen experiences are things we'd like to fit in on our trip. A combo of traditional and more modern would be ideal. We'd like to see Mount Fuji, but don't have climbing or hiking plans - but it's skippable if it's too much of a pain to get to/from.
This is the itinerary which I had in my head:
- Arrive Saturday and travel to Kyoto.
- Leave Thursday for Tokyo.
- Leave Tokyo on Weds for Mount Fuji (Kawaguchi-ko?). Kozantei Ubuya looks like a luxurious place to end our trip.
- Fly out of Narita 5pm Friday. Getting to Narita seems possible with bus and train, but it doesn't leave much time for any last minute souvenir shopping.
- Should I just skip Mount Fuji since it's quite far from Narita, or build it in nearer the start of the last week?
- Is there a better way to visit mount Fuji on the way back to Tokyo?
- Skip Kyoto? That's not a question I like to ask because it seems like an essential stop and well worth the tra