Japan trip full itinerary

Wed 9th Nov – 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 I did think the cabin temperature was a little warm for my liking.

We caught a bus from the airport to Hiroshima where we dropped our bags off at the ??? and went over to Miyajima Island (Tram + Ferry).

Thurs 10th Nov –  Explored Hiroshima

Visited Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Peace Museum.

Fri 11th Nov – More Hiroshima then train to Osaka

After spending two days in Hiroshima I headed to Osaka via bullet train.

Sat 12th Nov – 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.

Sun 13th Nov – 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)
Sleep in Takahara

Mon 14th Nov – Kumano Kodo Day 2:
Walk from Takahara to Tsugizakura-oji (~14 km, 6~7 hrs)
Sleep in Nonaka area

Tue 15th Nov – Kumano Kodo Day 3:
Walk Tsugizakura-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha (21 km, 7~8 hrs)
Bus from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen (~10 min)
Sleep in Yunomine Onsen

Wed 16th Nov – Kumano Kodo Day 4:
Bus from Yunomine Onsen to Ukegawa (~10 min)
Walk Ukegawa to Koguchi (~13 km, 4.5~6 hrs)
Sleep in Koguchi

Thurs 17th Nov – Kumano Kodo Day 5:
Walk Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha (~14.5 km, 6~8 hrs)
Sleep in Nachi

Fri 18th Nov – Kumano Kodo Day 6:
Bus from Nachisan to Kii-Katsuura station (~20 min)
Train from Kii-Katsuura to Kyoto

Sat 19th Nov -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 – Osaka (return home)

Trip in detail



Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodō

The Kumano Kodō is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that transverse the Kii Hanto, the largest Peninsula of Japan. These sacred trails were and are used for the pilgrimage to the sacred site “Kumano Sanzan” or the Three Grand

Shoalhaven_Gorge Kayakers

Shoalhaven Gorge Kayak

Our starting point for Shoalhaven Gorge Kayak is Tallowa Dam, a concrete gravity dam, located on the Shoalhaven River, where it converges with the Kangaroo River. We paddled upstream to Fossickers Flat which is about 13km’s all up and camped


Useful Resources

Japan National Tourism Organization http://www.jnto.go.jp/

Timetable and Route Search http://www.hyperdia.com/en/