31 Jul 2016 Japan trip 12 day itinerary
This trip itinerary was similar to our first although, this was a Multigenerational trip. My parents joined us on their first international holiday and had left the planning up to me. We wanted to show them an overview of Japan with the old and the new. As we loved Kyoto so much, we were happy to return to show them some of the many fabulous sights. We had two kids now so wanted to avoid over planning and as we were a larger group we decided against hiring a car, like we have done previously.
We chose Gero as an over night stop to experience a different area than the typical cities and to stay in a ryokan. As we were relying on public transport we wanted somewhere that was easy to get to with minimal transfers.
Day 0: Land and get shuttle to Narita Tobu hotel.
Day 1: Narita Express to Shinagawa, Shinkansen to Kyoto and visit Nishiki Market.
Day 4: Himeji Castle, Hello Kitty cafe and Osaka.
Day 5: Fushimi Inari and Uji (Byodo-In).
Day 6: Higashi Honganji, train from Kyoto to Gero.
Day 7: Train from Gero to Tokyo and our Airbnb house.
Day 8: Asakusa, Sensoji, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Station and Tokyo Gov Building.
Day 9: Kato store/Shimokitazawa and Akihabara.
Day 10: Ueno Park, Ryogoku and Shinjuku Gyoen.
Day 11: Disneyland
Day 12: Shibuya, Harajuku
Day 13: flight home