We (myself, husband and 10 year old son) are hopefully making a return trip to Japan in November. While we were planning on mainly visiting Shikoku and Kyushu, we are open to suggestions. MeFi has been awesome on the travel front before, so hoping you can help again.
I have been in Japan at various times of the year, but not November. We were hoping for skiing somewhere, even Hokkaido, but it looks unlikely. So we are going to head South instead.*
We will hopefully have the full month of November to trip around. I speak very basic Japanese, and my son and I can read hiragana, at least phonetically.
We are hoping to be fairly budget conscious with this trip.We have a lot of that kind of information generally sorted - when we travel we usually buy our food in supermarkets, we walk a lot etc. and I am trying to organize couchsurfing hosts in Japan (not that there are many). But do you have any specific recommendations especially if they relate to Shikoku and Kyushu.
Also - any tips/suggestions/whatever for that part of Japan in general? I will admit I am finding it hard to find interesting/quality information for traveling to Japan that is not focussed on Tokyo/Kansia/Hokkaido. The kind of things we are interested in are onsen, historical sites, food, meeting Japanese families (has anyone tried Nagomi visit
before?) and Japanese culture in general. A mix of outdoor activities, historical or cultural visits and some quirkiness would be our ideal family holiday.
*Though my penpal, who lives in Saitama-ken, really wants me to visit her...