I’ve just gotten back myself. 25 days, sounds great – I’m afraid my work can’t be left unattended for more than two weeks at a time so a visit of that duration (not to mention your planned 3-month sojourn) is something I can only dream of at present.
The usual suspects – Tokyo and Kyoto – were also on my itinerary this year, though I was careful to prioritise places in those cities that I didn’t get to see last year. The COMITIA convention was the real highlight of my time in Tokyo (and, alongside the autumn leaves, of the whole trip).
Then there were side trips to Hakone, Takayama, Hikone, Kanazawa, Osaka, and Hiroshima, none of which I visited last time.
Needless to say, I raided Akihabara for anime goods more than once during that time.
All told, my two trips to Japan saw me cover much of central and western Honshū. Hopefully my future return trips will help me see the rest of the country (time permitting!).
Please feel free to describe your own trip – fellow travellers’ accounts can be a gold mine of information for planning future visits.
Eh, that’s a lot of places for 2 weeks ! Sounds like you had a good time. Beside the obligatory Tokyo and Kyoto, I visited Takayama and Hiroshima, which were great, especially Takayama; such a charming city, I really enjoyed walking among the cemeteries and temple eastern to the city.
For my trip I bought myself a 21 days JR Pass, so needless to say, I really took the advantage of free shinkansen travel and covered many “must-see” locations from southern Tohoku (Sendai) to southern Kyushu (Kagoshima). Yes I traveled a lot, but now I’ve seen a fair share of Japan and will be easier to pinpoint where I’ll really want to stay longer for any upcoming trips.
Raiding Akihabara was also one of my favorite time-killer when in Tokyo; bought a lot of figures and one of them is the Alicia figure by Good Smile Co. I really couldn’t believe it when I saw it as it’s been discontinued for a long time now, not to mention the price; got it for 95000 yen whilst it sells for 250$ on ebay.
Also, I’m actually “blogging” about my trip on Japan. I’m hesitant to call it a blog since I’m not doing any publicity whatsoever; it is more a personal dairy about my trip, but if you’re interested about it here’s the link : http://saigonoakisame.blogspot.com/
(I only written 9 days so far, but I should get to write some more soon, after I get out of that “coming back home” depression)