Japan in December - yay or nay?
So my future husband and I will be visiting Japan at the end of the year. We will be arriving in early December (between the 1st and the 4th - still looking at tickets) and returning two weeks later. Our tentative itinerary is below:
Day 1-3: Arrive in Tokyo and explore the city
Day 4: Tokyo-Kyoto
Day 5-6: Kyoto
Day 7: Nara/Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto-Himeji-Hiroshima
Day 9: Hiroshima-Miyajma-Kanazawa
Day 10: Kanazawa
Day 11: Kanazawa-Shirakawago
Day 12: Shirakawago-Takayama
Day 13: Takayama
Day 14: Takayama-Tokyo
Day 15: Return to America
My first question is this: is it worth going to Japan in early/mid December? We don't mind the cold - we actually find it rather romantic. But, from everyone's experience, will it be as enjoyable as, say, going in November? We also have considered going to Japan in mid/late November, if it will make that much of a difference.
My next questions is: is this itinerary too packed? If so, which items should i cut out?
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!