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1. Posted by Cathabroad (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi There,
I am planning a 2 week holiday to Japan with my husband & 2 daughters aged 16 & 18. We are going in April 2020 flying into Osaka & flying out of Tokyo. We like adventure, being immersed in culture & are interested in doing things that are a bit different & fun. It's our first time visiting Japan so we want to make the most of our time there. I would love to hear your recommendations of special places to visit, things not to be missed, great things to do etc. Thank you in advance!

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jun-2019, at 17:06 by Cathabroad ]

2. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 225 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I did the trip of Japan both in reverse (flew to Tokyo and back from Osaka). Below might be some interest to you.

Some highlights:


3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1325 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

From Osaka, consider a day trip to Hiroshima, if you feel your daughters will be OK with the at-times harrowing nature of the exhibits in the Peace Museum - see my blog about a similar day trip here: https://toonsarahvt.travellerspoint.com/121/

In Tokyo I loved the Edo Tokyo Museum and Asakusa Shrine. You should also consider a side trip to Nikko - do-able as a day trip but better overnight. Again I have some blog entries which may be of interest, e.g. https://toonsarahvt.travellerspoint.com/138/

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4189 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

A day trip to Nara from Osaka is worthwhile if you like temples. If you like hiking, Mount Takao is an easy trip from Tokyo; around 40 minutes from Shinjuku station if I remember rightly.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 6923 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'm in Kyoto at the moment. Highly recommended. It's my second visit to Japan and we came back to Kyoto because we loved it so much. Consider your train tickets and whether buying a JR pass is worth it for you. We crunched the numbers and decided against it as the individual tickets ended up cheaper, but if you want to do a bunch of day trips (ie... Nara, Hijemi, etc around here) then I think it would quickly be worth it. Agreed with the Nikko recommendation too, especially if you have the pass.

This AirBnB we're staying in here in Kyoto is amazing by the way - quite traditional Japanese and very spacious for our family of 4 while still reasonably priced. Happy to send you a link by private message if you like.

One other tip is to start learning Japanese. The more you know before you get here, the easier things will be for you. Although you can certainly get by without knowing any Japanese, on the whole people don't speak much English and you will definitely benefit from whatever you know. I've been doing the Japanese course on Duolingo as much as I can and it's quite fun to practice it in person here. I wish I'd done more before I came though.