Hi there, I am going to Japan in late March to the beginning of April and I would like some advice for a 14 day trip. I am currently living in Seoul, so it may be cheaper to take a boat to Osaka/Fukokua (it's an option, at least).
I think I want to see the cherry blossoms, historical cities like Kyoto, modern marvels for a few days, quiet coastal/countryside/village, and some mountain viewing. Does the Kansai area offer all this? What about getting away from the throngs of people and tourists? Kyushu is recommendable? I think I stay away from Hokkaido since it's too cold.
Your advice would be much appreciated. Cheers,
I definitely suggest Kyushu. There are many interesting places: Mt. Aso (the largest active volcano in Japan), Beppu (the "capital city" of hot springs in Japan), etc.
For more info see:
Mt. Aso - Wikipedia
Mt. Aso - Youtube
Beppu - Wikipedia
Comfortable budget Accommodation in Beppu City, Japan
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2009, at 05:26 by Bibo ]
From Fukuoka you can visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Beppu fairly easily. The Fukuoka area is also worth a day or 2. Allow a few days for Kyoto especially if you like visiting temples; at the time of year you are going you should get to see the cherry blossom.
I'd recommend getting a Japan Rail pass to get around (make sure you get this before you enter Japan) as this will save you a lot of money if you intend on travelling round the country a fair bit.