- What's the best time of year to go: both less expensive and still enjoyable
- We are planning on visiting Tokyo and Kyoto, and possibly Fuji-san--the girls are not big outdoor types.
- Our style of vacation is to pick 1 destination per day and enjoy it as much as possible.
A couple of the destinations we definitely want to do are:
- Studio Gibli Museum
- Tokyo Tower
- Harajuku (shopping with my daughter)
- Shibuya (window shopping)
I've heard that I really ought to hit Ueno Park on one of the days. We'd also like to take in a tea ceremony (for dummies), and get a mix of both modern and traditional Japan. Things I don't know are what Kyoto has other than the shrine's and temples (affects how long we would stay there).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Right now just air travel and lodging for a 2 week trip is going to run me about $7000-$8500 for all three of us. I definitely need to finalize the itinerary so I can get everything planned out. I also need some specific destinations that would be good to hit in Harajuku and Shibuya.
Any advice on finding good places to eat that are not in the hotel will also help save some valuable cash and make enjoying Japan that much better.