|I flew from Brussels to London first. Then it's over 11 hours from London
to Narita Airport in Tokyo. A long flight indeed...
Having arrived in Narita, I took the Narita Express to Shinjuku station.
From Nagasaki it was back to Honshu, stopping at Himeji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Sendai, Namie, Matsushima, Kakunodate, Akita, Niigata,
In total I was on the road for 25 days. Was it enough ? Hardly, but I guess
My original itinerary also included a visit to Hokkaido, but eventually
Although I would like to visit Japan in autumn as well, spring - being the season of cherryblossoms - proved to be an excellent time to travel : lots of sun, almost no rain and no humidity... perfect !
If you have plans to visit Japan and if you want to prepare your own itinerary, the first place to visit online is the Japan National Tourist Organisation.
They offer free downloads of their very practical travel guides at this page and an excellent interactive map of Japan here or alphabetical list of destinations.
These travel guides cover the whole of Japan and add a lot of extra information to that found in your own guidebook.
Besides these pdf-guides I also found the Lonely Planet Japan (6th edition - 1997) and New Japan Solo (4th edition - 1998) to be useful.
More useful links (in no particular order) :
Anyway, since Japan has so much to offer, make sure you know where you're going before you get there.
And what better place than the Internet to do so !