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We are planning a trip to Japan,how long should stay to see all sights?

Hi, We've decided to visit Japan next year for our vacation. What's the best time to visit Japan and which hotels are best to stay in? We don't have set base at any one city and take excursions to other places. We don't mind staying in different parts of the country if it will make out touring easier.How many days should we block for our vacation?I thought 2 weeks should be fine.Pls advise.

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At least you shall be here for two weeks and it´s even better if you can stay longer.^_^
For two weeks I would recommend: Tokyo- Yokohama- Osaka- Kobe- Kyoto- Nara- Hirosshima and Miyajima and get the Japan Rail Pass.

It's not a short answer and I suggest you do some study on this website.
I've been here for more than 10 years and still find many interesting places to visit.
It's really depends on what you really interested on...
Spring is best, towards end of March or beginning of April, this is cherry blossom season, Plan 3-4 days in Kyoto and 7-10 days for Tokyo and Yokohama, depending on your budget there are hotels for between $80 to $300/night best to book online, Westin Ebisu has some good online rates, Prince or Meridien chain has good rates too.
Is this your first time visiting in Japan? The best time to visit in Japan will be in April & May or October & Novemeber. If you truely want to experience Japan, you can stay in Japanese Ryokan (inns). If you prefer western style beds and English speakers, then should stay in major hotels like Hilton hotels.

It depends on what you want to see but if you are flying into Narita (Tokyo), then I would start the visit from Tokyo. Stay in Tokyo for a day to look around. Move to Shizuoka to see Mt. Fuji and stay in Yamanakako Lake area. Move to Yokohama for a day or two. Go to Kyoto for 3 days. Move to Osaka and stay for a day. Go to Hiroshima for 2 days. If you have some more time, then you can go many other places as well. Those are just in the Shinkansen (bullet train) lines. Any more details or specific plans you want to make, please let me know!!!
You could easily spend a lifetime here and not see everything that there is to see. It really does depend on what you want to see and do. If it's temples you are after, Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture, Kyoto, and all of Shikoku Island are not to be missed. If it's nature you're interested in, I would suggest Hokkaido and Kyushu. If it's history, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima are top of the list.
As for number of days, give yourself at least 2.5 weeks. You'll need the half week to recover from jet lag!
Best times are Spring fine weather and beautiful view of Sakura and Autumn fine weather and Autumn leaves turning yellow and red from green. Vacationing and travelling is best in these seasons. At least 2 weeks can add more value in your trip as theres so many things to see and enjoy, what do you really want to see? Try Lonely Planet`s book Japan, it will guide and make you clearer.
Depending on the area you wish to visit there is a preferable seasons, it also depend on what you wish to see. If you want to see Sapporo snow festival you should go only in Jannuary. Anyway, to have a basic idea of japan 2-3 weeks may be fine considering an average for decent daily life of 150-250 US$. Please take a look here to get your official discounted Japan rail Pass before you leave your country. It may save a huge of money.
Each season in Japan has its advantages. Here are some of my favorite festivals throughuot the year:
January: Dezome-shiki
February: Snow festival in Sapporo
March: Sumo Tournament
Ueno Sakura Matsuri
Hina Matsuri
Omizutori (Water-Drawing Festival)
April: Ueno Sakura Matsuri
Fuji Matsuri
Kanamara Matsuri
May: Ome Matsuri Festival
JRA Horse Show
Hinode Matsuri
Sumo Tournament
Tokyo Minato Matsuri
June: Chagu Chagu Umako Horse Festival
Sanno Matsuri
July: Tanabata Matsuri
Hozuki Ichi
Ueno Natsu Matsuri
Toro-nagashi
Hanabi Taikai
Sumo Tournament
August: Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Dai-Chochin Matsuri (Giant Lantern Festival)
September: Reitaisai
Sumo Tournament
October: Nada no Kenka Matsuri (Nada Fighting Festival)
Kurama no Hi-Matsuri (Kurama Fire Festival)
November: Tori-no-Ichi (Rake Fair)
December: Chichibu Yomatsuri (Chichibu Night Festival)

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If you have 2 weeks then I would break it down to one week in Tokyo and the surrounding area. And one week to visit Kyoto, Nara and maybe Kobe or Himeji or Hiroshima. It depends on how much travel you are willing to do. You should think about getting a Japan Railpass so you can ride all JR (Japan Railways) trains(bullet trains too) without charge.
Hi, this is Barry in Kansai, Japan. Any time of the year, is a good time to come to Japan. But, I would personally recommend April, for the "Cherry Blossom", or November, for the Autumn colors. As I have lived in the Kansai area, for the 5-years that I have been here, I can't be of much help regarding the remainder of Japan. But (again), whatever you want to do or see, the whole of Japan is a delight to the eye. I could spend hours and reams telling you about this place but ( there are a lot of buts, aren't there?) it all comes down to how much time and money you have. 1-year wouldn't be enough time to see, experience, appreciate and love this country. Just come here and see it for yourself. Keep in touch. regards, Barry.

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