We are going to Japan with our son and Taiwanese d-in-law, plus toddler. Currently thinking of flying into Osaka, spending 4 to 5 nights in Kyoto, then train to Tokyo for 7 nights and doing trips from there to Nikko, Kamakura etc. From Kyoto, we will visit Nara and Byodo-in. I also want to go to Hiroshima and Kurashiki if possible. Will fly back to Taiwan from Tokyo.
I made several visits to Japan in the 70s and have some memory of the places we want to see but am uncertain about timings.
Does the forum think that 5 nights in Kyoto is too much? Would 4 be adequate, then a train to Hiroshima, via Kurashiki, one night in H then Shinkansen back to Tokyo. Is there anywhere else we just have to see - I know that Kanazawa is supposed to be lovely too, haven't been there on my previous trips but it does seem very out of the way.