I spent 12 magical days in Japan and based my trip around the Kumano Kodō pilgrimage walk. I flew into Hiroshima from Sydney, Australia and explored the area including Miajima Island. I do regret not fitting Shimanami Kaido (One of the world’s most incredible bike routes) into my itinerary as not far that from Hiroshima. I then headed to Osaka to begin the walk and experience a large Japanese city plus it gave me the opportunity to travel on a bullet train. Ideally i would of like to have seen Tokyo but Osaka seemed to be a reasonable substitute. I walked the Kumano Kodo and then headed to Kyoto for a little more sight seeing before returning home (Sydney, Australia).
Wed 9th Nov 2016 – Arrival and explored Miyajima Island
I flew into Hiroshima from Sydney on an ANA overnight flight. (A transfer was required at Tokyo to catch a domestic flight to Hirishima). The flight and food were excellent although the cabin temperature was a little warm for my liking.
From the airport we caught a bus to Hiroshima where we dropped our bags off at Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima and headed straight over to Miyajima Island via Tram and Ferry.
Slept in Hiroshima
Thurs 10th Nov 2016 – Explored Hiroshima
Visited Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Peace Museum.
Slept in Hiroshima
Fri 11th Nov 2016 – More Hiroshima then train to Osaka
After spending two days in Hiroshima I headed to Osaka via bullet train.
Slept on Osaka
Sat 12th Nov 2016 – Explored Osaka and Nara
Nara was the ancient capital of Japan about 1400 years ago and is a popular day trip sightseeing destination, close to both Kyoto and Osaka. As such, only in this city can visitors find historical sites such as shrines and temples which have more than 1000 years of history.
The main charms of Nara are its historical buildings, the best known of which is Todaiji temple. Nara has an older history than Kyoto which makes it a favorite destination for travelers to visit throughout the year.
Slept in Osaka
Sun 13th Nov 2016 – Kumano Kodo Day 1:
Train from Osaka/Kyoto to Kii-Tanabe (~3 hrs)
Bus from Kii-Tanabe to Takijiri (~40 min)
Walk from Takijiri-oji to Takahara (3.7 km, ~2.5 hrs)
Slept in Takahara
Mon 14th Nov 2016 – Kumano Kodo Day 2:
Walk from Takahara to Tsugizakura-oji (~14 km, 6~7 hrs)
Slept in Nonaka area
Tue 15th Nov 2016 – Kumano Kodo Day 3:
Walk Tsugizakura-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha (21 km, 7~8 hrs)
Bus from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen (~10 min)
Slept in Yunomine Onsen
Wed 16th Nov 2016 – Kumano Kodo Day 4:
Bus from Yunomine Onsen to Ukegawa (~10 min)
Walk Ukegawa to Koguchi (~13 km, 4.5~6 hrs)
Slept in Koguchi
Thurs 17th Nov 2016 – Kumano Kodo Day 5:
Walk Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha (~14.5 km, 6~8 hrs)
Slept in Nachi
Fri 18th Nov 2016 – Kumano Kodo Day 6:
Bus from Nachisan to Kii-Katsuura station (~20 min)
Took a boat trip to explore Kii-Katsuura
Train from Kii-Katsuura to Kyoto
Slept in Kyoto
Sat 19th Nov 2016 -Explored Kyoto
Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.
Sunday 20th Nov 2016 – Osaka (return home)