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Unread 1 Nov 19, 11:43 AM  
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My parents would like to go to Japan next year and asked me to help with some research. They want to go to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and spend about 3 weeks there. They dont want to go to Disney.

My first question is whether those of you whove been, how did you do it? Did you DIY or use a company to organise things for you? Are there any recommendations to get them started?
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DIY. Booked flights as soon as they came online. Look at using JR pass for the bullet train and rail.
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Did DIY last year to Japan , had 6 nights in Tokyo then did a cruise that went right round Japan save lumping luggage round Japan. Did look into doing a land Tour but a lot of them seemed on the go all the time , did talked to friends that did land Tours and they said it was intense.
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DIY also. We split our holiday by staying in Tokyo and Kyoto with day trips from both. We bought the JR Rail Pass.

From Kyoto we did day trips to Hiroshima, Nara and Himeji Castle. Travel around Japan is really easy - everything is in English at stations and the people are very helpful also. I suppose if you travel to remote areas it would be different.

I would strongly recommend booking a hotel next to a main railway station in Tokyo if they go DIY as that is how you get about everywhere.

We are library members and borrowed Japan travel books to plan our itinerary. There is loads of information online - check out japan-guide/ and japan.travel/en/ for starters.

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Just keep in mind it is the Olympics next year there, so unless thats that they are going for them pick the time carefully as hotels etc will be pretty full already. A tour may be better as they block book rooms etc.
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Thanks all for your help so far. They hadnt considered a cruise, so thats an interesting addition to the list of things to think about!

The olympics definitely figured in their plans so theyre definitely not planning to travel until about a week after the games finish.

Interesting that everyone seems to favour DIY. I was worried that it may be too complicated for them to do alone but sounds like its the way to go!

All other ideas gratefully received!
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Thanks all for your help so far. They hadnt considered a cruise, so thats an interesting addition to the list of things to think about!

The olympics definitely figured in their plans so theyre definitely not planning to travel until about a week after the games finish.

Interesting that everyone seems to favour DIY. I was worried that it may be too complicated for them to do alone but sounds like its the way to go!

All other ideas gratefully received!
As above we did it ourselves and we are no spring chickens (60s)! In fact we loved it so much we are going back next year again.

I have read August/September is very hot and humid. We went in May this year and it was hot enough.

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We have booked a British Airways flight and hotel package. We have also booked Airbnb for part of the trip and booked JR railpass and tours separately.
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