in Japan for 1 week. I plan to spend 2 days in Kyoto and Tokyo. For the other days is it better to see Hakone or Takayama.
Hakone. Don't bother with Takayama. I'd rather spend in Tokyo for a night, then one night in onsen in hakone including riding ropeway, and rest of the time in Kyoto. In Kyoto if you have a spare time, visit Nara and Himeji castle. about 6 years ago
according to Tokyo Disneyland website today(23rd March) there is no clear prospect of reopening at the moment. One of the problems is the land liquified caused by the major earthquake. It was built on reclaimed land and the town where the Disneyland is still suffering from damaged infrastructure and lack of water. Currently Mickey is busy fundraising. Another problem is lack of constant power supply. Having lost major power supplies (the nukes), the all train lines and factories, shops, private homes are subjected to daily planned blackouts and volunteerily power saving. This is going to be a long term affair. If your purpose of the trip is to enjoy the Disneyland, sophisticated shopping and efficient services in Tokyo, I recommend not to visit Tokyo for a while. How about Osaka instead? It's different but working as normal. over 8 years ago
According to my sister who just traveled between Tokyo and Nagoya (west), the bullet train heading to west from Tokyo (Tokaido Shinkansen) is running quite normally. Other train lines in Tokyo area are running infrequently or on the weekend schedule. Planned blackouts are carried out in the Great Tokyo area but the middle of Tokyo is exempted from this blackouts. Obviously department stores and shops are running but expected to run on low power consumption. The restaurants are working fine but at supermarkets you may find difficulties finding certain types of foods, such as uncooked rice, bread, eggs, and ready made meals. Snacks and bottled drinks should be fine. AA batteries are hard to find in the whole Japan at the moment. You may find them in the restricted mumber if you are in Osaka or Kyoto. So don't forget to pack your own AA battery supply. You may find difficult to travel between Narita Airport and Tokyo. The most convenient JR line Narita Express is currently not running. JR Soubu line is running on weekend over 8 years ago