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Hike Nakahechi including the hardest Ogumotori-goe pass of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea. Traverse village to village, and visit iconic places including Takahara, Chikatsuyu, Tsugizakura-oji, Yunomine Onsen, Kumano Hongu Taisha. Complete the adventurous trekking with the grand finale being the world-famous Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi Falls. This is the most memorable challenge of the Kodo.
Spend three nights at Japanese inns in Takahara, Nonaka and Yunomine Onsen areas, and be spoilt on the final night on a private island surrounded by the sea in Katsuura. Enjoy home-cooked and Kaiseki set dinners featuring local seasonal ingredients. Your luggage will be transported each day to the next inn so that you can enjoy exploring the world-famous Kumano Kodo, Japan's ancient pilgrimage route on foot independently over 5 days.
The Kumano Kodo is the world's only UNESCO World Heritage-listed pilgrimage route besides the Camino de Santiago. Once a sacred pilgrimage reserved for emperors and samurai for over 1200 years, the world-class Kumano Kodo hiking route is today open to all walkers and natural wanderers.
The Kumano Kodo hiking route is well marked with sign posts. It weaves through the mountainous Kii Peninsula, forested landscapes and occasional villages. This moderate to hard walk has a mix of village paved paths and unpaved forest trails. The Ogumotori-goe is a challenging walk with long ascents and descents, but regarded as the most memorable challenge of the Kodo. You'll walk from village to village covering up to 52.5 km over 3.5 days' walking and have opportunity to visit two Grand Shrines (Kumano Hongu Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha).
On this action-packed 5-day experience, you'll spend leisurely nights in the mountain ridge-top Takahara and picturesque hot-spring village of Yunomine Onsen along the trail and the final night on a private island hot spring resort. The best accommodation along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is hand picked for this package. All rooms have ensuite - NO NEED TO USE COMMUNAL BATHS OR TOILETS.
Most meals are included for the duration of the walk. You will enjoy authentic and delicious local cuisine.
Your luggage will be transported each day to the next inn so you only need to carry a daypack to enjoy your daily exploration.
This is a highly rewarding Kumano Kodo trek for natural wonders and adventure seekers.
Add A Guide
You can choose to have a local guide for your first day. The local guide will explain this significant historical area as well as provide detailed information on the trail and general track advice. You are then well equipped to continue on your way for the remainder of your self-guided walk. Additional cost: $250 per person.
The local staff will give you an orientation of the tour when you arrive at Kii-Tanabe station. The staff will supply you with maps, bus timetables and brief you on your itinerary. The staff will explain cultural elements such as how to use a bath and purchase bus tickets if need be as well as answer any last minute questions.
Departs daily year round on request.
This walk is qualified for "Dual Pilgrim". We provide official Dual Pilgrim Credential - a type of passport for pilgrims. It is used to collect stamps along the trail as a record of the walk. There are two sides, one for the Kumano Kodo and one for the Way of St. James.Please read the details in the section of Dual Pilgrim at the bottom of this page.
Why Choose Us
- We provide official English map (the best map).
- We provide official Dual Pilgrim Credential.
- We offer a pre-walk briefing at our local representative’s office.
- Unlike other operators using traditional Japanese inns/guesthouses that have communal bathrooms and toilets, we offer the best accommodation along the trail. All our rooms have private toilets.
- We arrange daily luggage transfer. Your luggage will be transferred to the next accommodation. You only need to carry a daypack for the walk.
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