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Welcome to JR's 2007-2008 Japan Trip Page, where I post my proposed itinerary for my return trip to Japan to the court of public opinion, and conjugate and change the itinerary based on said opinions.

The places that are on the top of my list for my return trip are:

  • Tokyo: Ginza, Meiji Shrine
  • Kyoto: Gion, Philosopher's Walk
  • And a stay at an onsen ANYWHERE!

The places that I am very interested in visiting, although I may not get a chance to visit every place:

(in no particular order)

The trip will be a total of 14 nights, departing from my home city of New York on a Monday.

Currently, the targeted days for my trip are either:

  • October 8 to October 24, 2007, or
  • March 10 to March 26, 2008.

If you have any suggestions or comments about places to visit, please drop a line! JRHorse 16:44, 7 November 2006 (EST)


Sounds good -- Kyushu is also on my to-do list this or next year. Miyajima is wonderful, and if you're in the region I liked the Writer's Walk/temple tours at Onomichi. Naoshima and Kurashiki, both in the vicinity, should be worth a visit (no personal experience... yet!). On the down side, Sengakuji is rather anticlimactic unless you can read Japanese and have a keen interest in the Chushingura, there are better things to see in Tokyo (like, say Odaiba). Jpatokal 23:42, 25 April 2006 (EDT)

  • I visited Odaiba during my first trip, but would not rule out another trip there to see what's changed in three years! However, I do want to keep Meiji Shrine at the top of my Tokyo to-do list. JRHorse 23:50, 25 April 2006 (EDT)

Proposed Itinerary[edit]

This was the last proposed itinerary that was "generated" for this trip back in February 2006, with some minor adjustments.

Day trips in parentheses.

  • Day 1: Fly to Japan
  • Day 2: Land at Narita Airport. Take Narita Express / bullet train to Kyoto.

Stay at New Miyako Hotel, 4 nights. Had a pleasurable experience with this hotel during my first visit to Japan and would definitely stay here again. Very convenient to the train station, and I pray that I can get a room overlooking the bullet trains and Isetan once again!

  • Day 3: Kyoto (Philosopher's Walk, Gion?)
  • Day 4: Kyoto (Kanazawa)
  • Day 5: Kyoto (Osaka)
  • Day 6: Kyoto
  • Day 7: Transit to Utazu (Takamatsu)

Stay at Hotel Sunroute Seto-Ohashi, 2 nights.

  • Day 8: Utazu (Dogo Onsen)
  • Day 9: Transit to Okayama (Hiroshima/Miyajima)

Stay at Hotel Granvia Okayama, 1 night.

  • Day 10: Transit to Tokyo.

Stay at Hotel TBD, 6 nights. Was thinking about going back to the Shinjuku Prince Hotel, where I stayed the final two nights of my initial trip. Reconsidering a Tokyu Stay hotel, perhaps the one close to Shibuya station (as listed here on Wikitravel), for its amenities and respectable costs. Would go from here to Narita via Ginza Subway Line and Keisei Skyliner.

  • Day 11 - 15: Tokyo
  • Day 16: Return to Narita Airport, fly home!

Rail Pass: 14 Day Ordinary

I will probably modify this a bit as more ideas come through my head :) JRHorse 00:04, 26 April 2006 (EDT)