I am planning a trip with my family ( adults) starting 1 April to Nara 3 days ( 1 day trip to Osaka), 3 days in Kyoto, then 2 options:
A) From Kyoto via Nagoya( train transfer) to Nagiso or Magome for a hike along the old Nakasendo Highway, go to Matsumoto for 1 night. Then to Takayama for 1 night. Then to Ogimachi, overnight. Then Kanazawa, stay 1 night , then go up the Noto Hanto peninsula north of Kanazawa for the day, return to Kanazawa for the night. Next day go to Kyoto, which is understand is a 2 1/4 hr train ride.
Overnight Kyoto , then to Mount Koya next day, stay overnight in monastery, then to Kansai Airport for departure.
Does the plan make sense. How do I get from Matsumoto to Takayama? Is the trip trying to do too much? Will we be cold most days? Will we see much cherry blossoms, because if we are early in Kyoto, then we would be early in Takayama as well, no?
B)From Kyoto, take express train to Hiroshima, spend the night. Next day, visit Miyajima, then go on a boat cruise of the inland sea. Spend the night in Hiroshima, then to Kurashiki, spend 1 night. Then to Okayama, spend the night. Then to Nao-shima, spend the night. Then to Hemeji, same day to Kobe, spend the night.
Then to Kyoto for the night, then to Mount Koya, spend 1 night, then to Kansai Airport to leave.
Again, does trip make sense? Too rushed? Is boat ride fro Hiroshima a good idea? Where do I find info on that? There are apparently international villas in Okayama Prefecture, what are they?There are Pao tents for overnight stays in Nao-shima, what are they?
Should we get a train pass?
Thank you for your help in advance.
Note to: Mr/Ms Shot, comments most welcome!