We bought our two week JR passes last week, our bags are packed and we are ready to go. This is the first trip that Fred and I will do with another couple, my cousin, Nancy, and her hubby, Vinny. I think we chose a great couple to start with! They are fun.
I have been in spring for the cherry blossoms, and in summer, but never in winter. It should be a totally different experience. Not to mention we will be spending a good percent of the trip in the mountains, which I have never been to. Obviously every day is not planned out exactly but we know where we will be each day. It should be a great trip!
Dec. 26: depart LAX
Dec. 27: arrive in Narita. Sleep in Tokyo at Kyobashi Fresa Inn.
Dec. 28: go to Nagano. Zenkoji temple. Sleep in Yudanaka at Shimaya Ryokan.
Dec. 29: go to Nozawa Onsen. Snow board. Snow monkeys. Onsen. Sleep at Kawahiro.
Dec. 30- Jan. 2: return to Tokyo. Sleep at Akasaka Fresa Inn. New Years. Imperial Palace.
Jan. 2: go to Osaka. Sleep at Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka.
Jan. 3: go to Koyasan. Sleep at Muryokoin temple. Fire ceremony. Temples. Cemetery.
Jan. 4: go to Nara. Sleep at LOHAS Nara Ekimae.
Jan. 5: split off from Nancy and Vinny. Go to Tokorozawa Saitama. Sleep at Mu's house!
Jan. 6: spend the day with Megumu's family. Sleep at Mu's house. (Nancy and Vinny return to LAX.)
Jan. 7: go to Minakami Onsen. Sleep at Oyado Matsubaya.
Jan. 8: snowshoe tour with Forest and Water Natural Adventure Planning from 9am-4pm. Sleep at Oyado Matsubaya.
Jan. 9: explore Minakami. Go to Narita. Return to LAX.