This post is so I can look back and laugh or relearn from my mistakes.
It started simply. Begin with a few days in Kyoto, finish with a few in Tokyo, maximize diversity of experience in between. Finding places and experiences of interest between Kyoto and Tokyo was fun and easy. I had a plan, including train fares and some lodging possibilities.
Then I got stupid. Here is the short version of more planning days and hours than I’ll admit to:
– Discover an unexpectedly delightful-sounding destination (UDSD). Toss out the plan for the days between Kyoto and Tokyo.
– Add nearby Hiroshima.
– Add places between Hiroshima and Nagoya.
– Drop Hiroshima.
– Drop UDSD after eventually realizing to do it as I wanted would take 2 full days and lose two half days coming and going.
– Add Hiroshima and either Himeji or Okayama to plan.
– Life is good.
– Discover second unexpectedly delightful-sounding destiantion (UDSD2). Start the route plan over because this one could be done from an afternoon to the next morning. But it’s out of the way. 2 hrs out of the way. That didn’t stop me.
– Consider altering Kyoto plans.
– Consider dropping Hiroshima. (I gotta stop using that verb in connection with that city)
– Drop UDSD2 after eventually realizing that fiting it in required dropping at least one of the things I now considered ‘musts’.
– Break for a few days to let the frustration dissipate.
– Realize it’s been 10 days. Begin attempt to assemble something from the mess.
– Realization happens: Categorize the mess into ‘Musts’ and ‘Almosts’.
– Add 1 day to Takayama that will likely be used between Hiroshima and Nagoya.
– Finish plan that now seems so obvious.
This blog’s ratio of words to images is often too high. Does this help?
There are several car company museum and plant tours available. Toyota is my first choice, for 3 reasons. The traditional museum is considered the best in Japan, Toyota has 2 other museums near by, and the most intense fun I’ve ever had alone in a car was doing autocross in my 2001 MR2 Spyder: