In 2015, I would like to think about going to Japan. In my head I worked something out but looking at prices in, for example, Kyoto it seemed a little expensive.
Ideally, I'd arrive on a Tuesday and leave the following Friday, so around 10 days or so.
The basis of the trip would be the cherry blossom so I am thinking end of March/ early April.
Originally, I had planned to fly into Tokyo for 3 nights; Kyoto for 4 nights and Osaka for 3 nights. The Kyoto prices scuppered that.
Where else could you go on the southern part of Japan that is newbie to japan friendly? Is Tokyo really worth it? If I wanted to take in a little countryside like maybe a visit to the mountains is this doable in the time allocated?
Thanks, and sorry for so many questions!