While we have travelled a lot and had a look at Japan guides etc, we are at a loss when it comes to organise this trip.
1) so the first question is: what to see and where to go?
We thought to stay in the Kansai region to have time to take it all in. We thought we leave right after the conference for Kyoto to spend most of our time there and do day trips. and then maybe travel a bit across the Kii Peninsula. Obviously we are interested in the temples / world heritage. But also in the autumn colours and some nature experience. (we love bushwalking back here in Australia. But I have no ideas about the hiking conditions in that region in November). I understand that this peninsula is the place to go when you like to see some nature in Kansai, but maybe you have better ideas. We thought not to go to the northern beaches because it's November and honestly coming from Australia, beachers overseas usually disapoint. :)
2) how much time should we allocate for Kyoto + day trips from Kyoto? how much time for seeing a bit of the peninsula? I was thinking maybe 3 days Osaka, 7 days Kyoto + day trips, 3 days pensinsula (we will be flying out of Osaka again)
Do you have a hotel recommendation for Kyoto? we like something in the middle price range and ideally rather a historic setting than in the main shopping area.
4) if we visit the peninsula, do you better hire a car or do we better go by train?
Thanks so much for your advise!!