ok guys i know this is roughly what everyone has talked about in these forums so i will try to be as specific i can then ask for your opinions on what you like doing. first off i want to see the country side. while I'm there i would like to do some nature hikes. preferably to a spot that is hidden or not known where i can enjoy the site/sites peacefully. "hidden" shrines would be cool if i would be aloud there. but i can only imagine the cool places that you guys may know about. I'm told to stay away from restaurants in an area with a high tourist population. If you agree please let me know what i should look for in a restaurant and where to go if you have a favorite. I will be "operating" out of Tokyo. So if there is a spot far from there i would like to know what else is interesting to do in the area so i can make a day of it. so far I'm going to make a day for running around Ueno (Maybe 2 as i wana see the zoo and park there), Akihabara (Maybe 2 but im not sure what exactly there is to do there). and Kyoto (i am actually going to get a hotel there for the night) I am going to spend a weekend in Ashinoyu. I am spending 14 days in Japan so i need more things to do. i am looking at museums that would peek my interest. If you know of any museums that are about samurai they would be the most interesting. So now if there is a cool/fun/interesting thing that doesn't fall under a category already mentioned please bring it up.