Hi, this 8-19 December is my family’s (2 adults 3 kids) first trip to Japan for 12 days. I have the draft itinerary:
Day 1 Saturday: arrive at 4pm at Osaka Kansai Airport . Overnight in Osaka. Which area should I stay?
Day 2 Sunday: take train to takayama (via Gifu as I heard that the jr limited express train has scenic views) Leave luggage at train station. Take bus to Shirakawago. Overnight in shirakawago.
Day 3 Monday: explore Shirakawago then take bus to takayama. Collect luggages. Overnight in takayama.
Day 4 Tuesday: day trip to shinhotaka ropeway. Overnight takayama.
Day 5 Wednesday: takayama morning market then set off to Nagano ( train via Toyama or bus to Matsumoto then train to Nagano?) overnight Nagano.
Day 6 Thursday: see snow monkeys( should we get snow monkey 1 day pass?) overnight in Nagano.
Day 7: take train to Kyoto ( overnight Kyoto)
Day 8: Kyoto (overnight Kyoto)
Day 9: Osaka
Day 10: USJ
Day 11: Osaka
Day 12: fly back home from Osaka kansai airport.
May I know if 7 day jr pass is suitable for me? Which day should I activate it?
Should I get Ithe 5 day takayama-Hokuriku pass? Which day should I activate it?
What about Icoca card? Do I need it?
I wish to stay in Accommodation with Onsen experience, where and which one do you recommend?
Kindly advise me. I am feeling quite lost. Would like to book accommodation once my itinerary is set.
Thank you in advance!