I am planning to visit Japan during the sakura season. Based on my research, I came up with the following itinerary with the places I want to visit. I'm trying to make the trip as convenient as possible (i.e. least changes in lodging accommodation, direct transportation). Please advice if you have any suggestions. I haven't booked anything yet so I'm flexible with changing the schedule around.
Los Angeles to HND arrives at 2:30 PM
Day 1-6 (5 nights): Tokyo with day trip to Nikko
Day 6-9 (3 nights): Visit friend in Fukuroi
Day 9-11 (2 nights): Nara with day trip to Mount Yoshino (http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/flowers.htm )
Day 11-14 (3 nights): Kyoto with visit the Yamazaki Distillery (1/2 day)
KIX (5 PM) - LAX
Also, please let me know if you have any recommendations on lodging accommodations/other places to visit.
Thanks so much in advance!