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Advice on Tokyo-Fukuroi-Nara(Mt Yoshino)-Kyoto itinerary

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Advice on Tokyo-Fukuroi-Nara(Mt Yoshino)-Kyoto itinerary


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!


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1. Re: Advice on Tokyo-Fukuroi-Nara(Mt Yoshino)-Kyoto itinerary

Hi Helena,

your itinerary seems to be perfect to visit all your favorite destinations. I have one advice. Yoshino cherry blossoms are much popular among japanese and during its fully bloom season, it becomes so crowded especially on weekends and japanese national holidays. from nara you use Kintetsu railway, transfer at Yamatosaidaiji and Kashiharajinguumae st.

You had better buy limited express trains (charged and reserved seat) from saidaiji to yoshino (transfer at kashiharajinguummae) and vise versa in advance especially if you go there on weekends.

The train from Yoshino to Kashiharajinguumae becomes super crowded during sakura season.

you are also careful with its fully bloom season because yoshino is surrounded by mountains and its full bloom season is a little bit late compared with other place. you can check the season with its local municipal government site.

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if you have time, you drop at Kashiharajinguumae and go to kashiharajinguu shrine. it’s one of the oldest, traditional and formal shrines in Japan. Or if you like style of Fishimiinari, how about visiting Hasedera temple? You can access there on the way back to nara from yoshino.

about accommodations, it depends on your budget.

Enjoy your trip here.

Edited: 08 January 2018, 07:41
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