My husband and I will be visiting Japan later this month after Christmas. We are from Sydney, Australia.
We arrive at Kansai Airport on 26 Dec.
Day 1 - OSAKA 26th Dec 2017 : Arrive at Kansai International Airport
Day 2 - OSAKA 27th Dec 2017
visiting Dotoburi night scene, Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Abeno Harukas Tower
Day 3 – KYOTO 28th Dec 2017
Day 4 – KYOTO 29th Dec 2017
Day 5 – KYOTO 30th Dec 2017
visiting Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sento Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine, Kinkaku-Ji, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama bamboo forest, Monkey park Iwatayama, Gion, Nishiki Market
Day 6 – Kumamoto 31st Dec 2017
Day 7 – Kumamoto 1st Jan 2018 : day trip to Takachiho Gorge
(or PLAN B for Day 6 & 7) - visit Hiroshima instead of Kumamoto
From Kyoto to Kumamoto (or Hiroshima) and then to Tokyo - should we travel by train or fly? Please advise.
Day 8 – Tokyo 2nd Jan 2018
Day 9 – Tokyo 3rd Jan 2018
Day 10 – Tokyo 4th Jan 2018 : Day trip to Mt Fuji
Day 11 – Tokyo 5th Jan 2018
Day 12 – Tokyo 6th Jan 2018
Day 13 – Tokyo 7th Jan 2018
Day 14 – Tokyo 8th Jan 2018
visiting Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Nacagin capsule apartment block
Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya crossing, Shinjuku, Tochigi
Day 15 – Tokyo 9th Jan 2018 : Depart Tokyo from Haneda International Airport.
I would be most grateful if anyone could offer some advise on whether we would require to pre-purchase JR Passes based our itinerary. Also,
Days 6 & 7 are still open to suggestions as we have yet to book that segment of our trip. Thanks in advance.