The Kii Peninsula leads away south from the cities of Kyoto and Osaka, and is famous as one of the most remote and mystical areas of Japan
Long a place of pilgrimage, the Kii Peninsula is the site of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano (Kumano Sanzan).
From the 11th century successive emperors made the long and difficult pilgrimage to Kumano from Kyoto.
Several pilgrimage trails were established, among them the Nakahechi-do, Kohechido and Ohechi-do – known as the Kumano Kodo (Old Road of Kumano).
This Japan Holidays walk centres on part of the Nakahechido- which winds its way through the forested mountains and small villages to the Grand Shrine of Hongu. The walk finishes near the Pacific Ocean at the Nachi Grand Shrine.
All Japan Holidays self-guided Kumano Kodo tours offer the opportunity to spend a leisurely second night in the picturesque hot-spring village of Yunomine Onsen part-way along the trail. Japan Holidays offers two short optional walks for this extra day in addition to some unique cultural experiences- such as walking with a Yamabushi (ascetic monk) , creating your own traditional Japanese paper or undertaking a spiritual meditation session.
Please ask for information about any Japan Holidays tour extensions to the mountain-top temple town of Mount Koya with its monastery lodgings- or the peaceful, agricultural community of Asuka and a chance to stay at a quaint Japanese inn or with a local family for a homestay experience.
Daily luggage transfer is available as an optional extra service.
This tour offers more advanced hiking.
5 nights at Japanese inns along the Kumano Kodo trail
5 breakfasts | 5 dinners
Round-trip train tickets from Kyoto or Osaka
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Local support by telephone
Whats Not Included
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Pay locally for bus journeys on Days 1, 3, 5 and 6
Single room supplement(s) if required
Map and Itinerary
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