12 days in Mie Prefecture, Shingu & Tamura Itinerary

12 days in Mie Prefecture, Shingu & Tamura Itinerary

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12 days in Mie Prefecture, Shingu & Tamura Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Kumano
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Shingu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nabari
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Tamura
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Owase
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
day
Kumano

Kumano
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Onigura, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls, and then go for a stroll along the water at Tategasaki.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kumano tour itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Kumano is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Kumano reach 36°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shingu.

Things to do in Kumano

Nature Parks

1
night
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, make a trip to Hatopoppo Kahi, get engrossed in the history at Old Nishimura House - Nishimura Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Shingu Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Higashi Kume's Hato Poppo Song Monument.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shingu driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Kumano to Shingu takes an hour. In August in Shingu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nabari.

Things to do in Shingu

Museums Historic Sites
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Sato Haruo Memoria Museum ©
Sato Haruo Memoria Museum
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Ruins of Shingu Castle ©
Ruins of Shingu Castle

1
night
Nabari

Nabari
Nabari is a city located in central Mie Prefecture, Japan, bordering on Nara Prefecture to the west.As of August 2015, the city has an estimated population of 78,190 and a population density of 603 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Janja no Mizu, then admire the natural beauty at Shorenji Lake tourist Village Strawberry Garden, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nabari online itinerary planner .

Getting from Shingu to Nabari by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tamura.

Things to do in Nabari

Parks Nature

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day
Tamura

Tamura ©
On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to Miharutakizakura, then explore the striking landscape at Abukumado Limestone Cave, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abukuma Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Irimizu Limestone Cave.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamura journey builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nabari to Tamura. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nabari in August: high temperatures in Tamura hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Tamura

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miharutakizakura
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Abukumado Limestone Cave ©
Abukumado Limestone Cave
Miharutakizakura ©
Miharutakizakura

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate the long history of Okage Yokocho, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Meotoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Oharai-machi, then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and finally step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ise attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Tamura to Ise with the Route module. Traveling from Tamura in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 32°C in Ise. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Owase.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Toba
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

4
nights
Owase

Owase ©
Owase is a city located in Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of August 2015, the city had an estimated population of 17,953 and a population density of 93.2 persons per km2. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Koyasan and Miki Pass, Hago Pass. Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Daimon for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Owase: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Kihoku-cho (Yonaki Jizo Statue & Jonohama Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mikisato Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Owase Bay, and steep yourself in history at Owasebushi Road Sign.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Owase vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Ise to Owase takes 1.5 hours. August in Owase sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Owase

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kihoku-cho
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan