I know it's early to start planning and also very unsure if we can even travel but it is the only thing that I can do at the moment. And I have to say planning this trip is already a lot of fun :)
The plan is to travel to Japan 2022 April-May for 2 weeks. We would love to go longer, however school holidays don't allow this during that time. We could go longer in summer (July-August), but I figured it be too hot and humid. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
As I've gained so many great tips for my past round trips I thought to use the forum again. Our party consist of 2 adults, 2 kids (2022 they will be 9 and 2) and my father in-law of 74. My father in-law is Indonesian/Dutch descent. I found out that during the war his father was captured by the Japanse and became a Prisoner of War based in a camp in Fukuoka. My father in-law would like to visit Fukuoka and see if there is anything of the camp remaining or some kind of monument or anything. As I haven't been able to find anything online and have read that Japanse are not proud of what happened back then there probably isn't anything there. Hope you can help me out to advice me if there is.
Furthermore we are looking for a good combination of city and rural places, lots of nature and a good balance of adult and kid things to do. We also want to travel by Shinkansen and if possible even by car if that would aid to our travelling experience.
We do like the tourist places of course, but are very fond of visiting 'hidden gems' which would probably not be hidden anymore if you post them here though. Doesn't have to be all main stream so to say.
And lastly we all have tattoo's (except for the kids of course), but we want to visit an onsen. Any tips on which nice one would allow us to visit them?
To conclude what we are looking for:
- 2 week round trip: advice on route highly appreciated
- good balance of city & rural/city & nature
- good balance adult & kids todo's
- travel by shinkansen and car
- tips on ' hidden gems'
- Almost forgot: tips on best food experiences
It is a long list I know, but I hope to narrow it down with all of your tips.