We are having a 3 week holiday in Japan from December 16 until January 4. Plans are concrete until December 29 when we leave Nozawa Onsen...then looking at options for our last 5 days.
My thoughts at the moment include some days in Kyoto or maybe in Matsumoto where there is a "castle gate opening ceremony" on 2 January - anyone ever been to this? We have had a flying 2 day stay in Kyoto on a past trip (saw Nijo, Arishayama and Nara) but would like to see a bit more of it. Plans are being confused by the public holidays and warnings about transport etc. Although I've been focussing on the Nagano area, with a JR pass, our options are quite open.
Anyone got any suggestions? Need to be back at Narita by afternoon of the 4th. (Travelling as family of four, kids are 11 and 14)