Hi everyone !
I'm going to Japan with my best friend for 5 weeks on July. I've already been twice so I know about the big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka. We're still going to visit these places 'cause my best friend hasn't been there, but i wanted to know if you had other good places in mind, especially in the north and northwest of Honshu.
You've already visited Japan twice. That sounds nice.
I'm a Japanese woman in Tokyo, so glad to hear that.
You wanna visit north area in Japan.
You had better check these sites in English.
You know summer in Japan is too hot & humid , especially big cities.
But north area is also so hot but night time & morning time is not too hot.
It's so nice to us.
&&& There are nice nature , fresh air.
Have a nice day
Thanks for the tips, I'm gonna check that out.
Five week trip September 2007 and my wife and I did Tokyo-Okinawa-Miyazaki-Kagoshima-Oita/Beppu-Tokushima-Himeji (3 hour castle visit)-Kyoto-Takayama-Matsumoto-Mt. Fuji-Tokyo.
Our idea was to spend 3-4 days in Okinawa spending daytrips to Zamami and Tokashiki islands for R&R and lots of snorkelling (these islands were great!!!). Lost of WWII things to see on Okinawa if interested, along with Shuri Castle which had to be rebuilt totally after the war.
We actually managed to buy the 7 day ferry pass from Okinawa to Kagoshima but a bloody typhoon came storming over Okinawa, all ferries were cancelled and we were stuck in Naha for 3 extra days before flying out to Miyazaki.
Miyazaki was a pretty cool place to stop for 2 days as we arrived in time for one of the major surfing competitions of 2007. Lovely little island of Aoshima with nice shrines beside the main Miyazai beach and the Jingu shrine is a 3 km walk from the main train station.
We then took the train from Miyazaki down to Kagoshima (I think it only cost about $25 AUD each) through the mountains and stayed there for 2 days. Ferried over to Sakurajima volcano, hired bikes and cycled around part of the volcano's base.
Wicked sculpture we came across (in my photos) and quite impressed by being that close to an active volcano.
Trained from Kagoshima to Oita (north coast Kyushu) via the caldera of Mt. Aso. Stayed in Oita rather than Beppu because our boat through the Inland Sea to Matsuyama (on Shikoku) left Oita pretty early in the morning.
Beppu was good for the mud baths.
Trained Matsuyama to Tokushima and stayed there for 3 nights. Spent one day at Naruto whirlpools and another in the Iya Valley (should have stayed overnight as only had about 4 hours to enjoy it). Really liked Tokushima.
Trained Tokushima to Himeji and stopped for about 4 hours for the castle and lunch. The castle is one of the major sights of Japan. Back on JR and off to Kyoto which was amazing. Did dinner in upstairs outdoors restaurant in Gion which wasn't cheap but what the hell. Next day did the LP walking tour of shrines/temples followed by the Gion walking tour at dusk and night. Next day was visiting Nijo-jo, the Golden Pavilion and the Silver Pavilion before leaving the next morning for Takayama in the Japanese Alps. Stayed 2 nights (nice town with old architecture and some nice temples) then bussed through Alps to Matsumoto for the medieval castle (almost rivals Himeji) and the Ukiyoe museum (great).
Trained down to Otski and private train to Kawaguchi-ko train station at base of Fuji and stayed there for 2 nights.
Great views of Fuji and the lake. Climbed part of Fuji which was a life-long ambition of mine. Bussed down to the coast then railpassed back to Tokyo for our remaining 3 days.
I loved Kamakura when I was in Japan in 1983, and visiting the Alps might be a relief from the coastal cities.