Originally Posted by Barnabas
I’m spending 20 days in Japan with my girlfriend, mid august plus early September. We’re arriving in Tokyo after a 14 hour flight (from Madrid via Helsinki), so that we’ll probably rest a bit and then spend a few days in the capital. After that we’re clueless about what route to follow, as there’re so many options and obviously you can’t do everything in 20 days time.
I’m very curious about Tokyo and wouldn’t mind to visit other Japanese big cities if they’re really worth it, but we’re more the small village and countryside type of people. It would be great if we could do some hiking, but we don’t want to carry too much weight, that means no tent and no cooking utensils. We’re travelling with backpacks and will try not to spend too much money, specially in accommodation (we love Japanese food, I don’t think we’ll save much money on that).
We’ll appreciate any input regarding travel itinerary, tips or whatever you feel might help us.
Tokyo is NOT Japan. I would say to stay away from Tokyo and spend your big city days in Osaka, shrine days in Kyoto and the rest of your country side type days at Wakayama, Takayama, Atami, Yumoto, Aomori