My husband, 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son are going to japan for a 12 day holiday from 24th of November on. We are from Cairns, Australia and our children have never traveled or experienced snow. We have a Mt. Fuji tour booked but i don't know if you can touch snow or only see it from afar (we are going to the fifth station). My question is should we take them to Nagana and go see the Snow monkeys instead? We only have 4 days in Tokyo and one of those is for Disneyland and we want to experience other parts of Tokyo so i don't think we have time to do both of the above. Any advice would be appreciated.
I am travelling to japan late august (yes i'm a little afraid for the hot weather, but i couldn't plan another date because of my job).
First of all, my trip will be mostly based on photography. Culture/Architecture both old and modern/landscapes/nature. I'm taking with me a 5dII and 50d with 50 1.8 and 24 ts-e 3.5 and 70-200 F4 with compact tripod.
First i will be visiting Kyoto for 4 days, photographing culture/temples/geishas in gion etc. I planned to visit Osaka for one (one of those 4) day because someone recommended me.
Then after 4 days, i have one day before my 5 day stay in Tokyo, which will be completely dedicated to modern architecture (nightscapes/long exposures) and markets (fish). Ofcourse there's also time reserved for some shopping there.
Anyway, to get back to that one day. I love to photograph some landscapes as well. And the ***aito falls attracted me as Lake Yamanaka to photograph Mt. Fuji. Now to visit the Shiraito falls there's only documentation on a bus travelling from Karuizawa St. which takes 30 minutes. That's not so long but when i check google maps, it's quite a distance. I was wondering if i could stay at a hotel close to the lake mentioned (Lake Yamanaka) and travel from there by bus to the Shiraito Falls. (i know there is a road going from the lake to the falls, the 138 and 139 called the fuji panorama line) I don't know if there's a direct connection between those POI, but i sure hope so. I would really like to spend that one day photographing both the waterfalls and Mt. Fuji from a lake with a great view, together with an easy accessible hotel nearby. I don't want to hike for hours! After that i hope my batteries are fully charged to visit Tokyo (which isn't that far from Mt. fuji anymore).
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. I would really love to hear your suggestions.
Thanks in advance,
p.s. I have absolutely no skills in japanese language.
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