Walk the mighty Kumano Kodo trail, a centuries old pilgrimage route riddled with history, stunning scenery and spirituality among the mountainous Kii Peninsula. Walk through incredible forests, quiet valleys and past cascading waterfalls and uncover the rich ancient history and charming rural life. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage route (one of two in the world), this sacred network of routes showcases the best of rural Japan and offers guest houses, homestays and lodgings for an all-encompassing authentic experience. The entire trail generally takes 5 days, however, there are many different options from 1 day to multi-day that encompass the ...

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  1. Classic Kumano Kodo Village to Village Walk 5D4N (Inc. Ogumotori-goe), Self Guided

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    Pack Free Walk

    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 grand shrines and waterfalls. 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.

    Stay four nights with Japanese inns/ryokans with private toilets. 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).

    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.

    Orientation

    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.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Osaka or Kyoto, Japan
    Pack Free Walk Hike Nakahechi including the hardest Ogumotori-goe pass of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea. Traverse village to village, ...
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  2. Luxury Japan Active Explorer (Nakasendo & Koyasan) 14D13N, Partially Guided

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    Route: Tokyo - Kiso-Fukushima - Kyoto - Nara - Hiroshima - Miyajima - Koyasan - Osaka

    Uncover the secrets of some of Japan’s most iconic locations on a 14 day active tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan and Hiroshima. Spend each day trekking, biking and kayaking among some of the country’s most picturesque landscapes and immersing in an ancient culture, before resting each night in luxurious accommodation.

    Embark on a cultural discovery through famous cities, sights and landmarks. This tour begins in Tokyo where you will visit Asakusa, part of Tokyo's old town, which is both the city's oldest Geisha district and home to Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple; and encounter the Meiji Shrine. From Tokyo, undertake the Nakasendo Trail Walk, past old towns, farms and woodlands; and onward to Kyoto, home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, and the city of Nara. Finally, the city of Hiroshima awaits and, close by, the Seto Inland Sea connects Hiroshima with Miyajima Island. The tour concludes in Japan’s culinary capital, Osaka.

    Hotel accommodation has been handpicked to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime journey is a true indulgence. You will also experience a Kazari ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn in the Kiso Valley and one night in luxurious temple lodging. Breakfast is included, while most evenings you will be at liberty to make your own dining arrangements.

    The tour package includes all accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners. Transportation and equipment, all guided walking, cycling and kayaking are also included while some optional activities are available at additional cost. The tour commences with transfers from Tokyo airport and concludes at Osaka airport.

    Take the ultimate tour of Japan and tick off bucket-list locations as you go. This luxurious itinerary will suit those with a keen interest in the culture of an ancient and beautiful country, who also enjoy an active escape. No two days are the same on this fascinating tour though one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.

    Departure Dates

    Departs daily on request

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Tokyo
    Route: Tokyo - Kiso-Fukushima - Kyoto - Nara - Hiroshima - Miyajima - Koyasan - Osaka Uncover the secrets of some of Japan’s ...
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    From €8,280.93 Per Person, Twin Share
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  3. Ultimate Luxury Mie Ise Shima Walk 3D2N with Amanemu, Partially Guided

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    Embark on a journey of discovery in Japan's spiritual heartland with a three-day, two-night walking experience combining Mie Ise Shima with accommodation at an ultimate luxury resort, Amanema. Walk in the footsteps of past generations who have made the pilgrimage here to witness some of the country’s most sacred sites.

    The Shima Peninsula is located in central Japan's Mie Prefecture. Beautiful nature, a flourishing fishing industry and delicious local cuisine are just a few of the attractions of a destination steeped in history. Immerse in the culture and traditions of this spiritual region as you take in some of the Ise Jingu's most beautiful and profound locations, including the 3.9 km trail to the summit of Mt Asama and Ise Jingu, or Ise Grand Shrine, considered one of the most sacred sites in Japan with a history dating back to the 3rd century.

    Amanemu, a luxury ryokan-inspired retreat, lies on the shores of Ago Bay. Mineral-rich waters from a natural hot spring allow you to discover traditional onsen bathing, with a private bath in each of the immaculate suites and a variety of wellness treatments offered at the onsite spa. Delicious Japanese cuisine embraces local produce, including fresh seafood and the renowned Matsusaka Wagyu beef.

    This partially guided experience includes two nights of supreme luxury accommodation at Amenemu with breakfasts included. A Professional English-speaking guide will accompany you on Day 1 while on Day 2 and 3 you hike independently at your own pace. This tour also incorporates an Ago Bay cruise on Day 2 and a visit to Ama divers' hut for grilled seafood lunch, and private transfers to/from Kashikojima Station.

    Connect with the sacred energy of an ancient and spiritual destination, rich in historic, cultural and religious significance. Explore ancient shrines and temples, rejuvenate in mineral-rich spring water, dine on the freshest local produce prepared with meticulous care, and enjoy an escape from reality that will stay with you forever.

    Departure Dates

    Depart daily on request.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Nagoya, Kyoto or Osaka, Japan
    Embark on a journey of discovery in Japan's spiritual heartland with a three-day, two-night walking experience combining Mie Ise Shima with accommodation at an ...
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  4. Luxury Kumano Kodo Mountain to Sea & Ama Divers 9D8N, Fully Guided

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    Route: Kyoto - Kumano Kodo - Ise Shima - Osaka

    Journey to the world-famous Kumano Kodo on foot from mountain to sea and immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating Japanese sacred traditions of Ama diving. Starting from Kyoto, this fully guided tour is the ideal discovery of the mountainous Kii Peninsula blessed with a rich pilgrimage tradition, isolated hot springs, and welcoming countryside hospitality. Your experiences also include an unforgettable culinary experience at a Michelin star restaurant in Kyoto.

    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 walking journey has a mix of easy, moderate and hard day walks. The moderate Kogumotori-goe -pass rewards trekkers with the amazing view from Hyakken-gura. The Ogumotori-goe is a challenging walk with long ascents and descents, but it's believed to be the most memorable challenge of the Kodo. You'll walk from village to village covering up to 65.5 km and have an opportunity to visit two Grand Shrines (Kumano Hongu Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha).

    The best accommodation along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is hand picked for this package, including a luxury Ryokan (a member of Relais & Châteaux member) in Kyoto, a traditional Ryokan run for generations since the Edo era in the picturesque hot-spring village of Yunomine Onsen, a private island hot spring resort and the luxurious Japanese Ryokan sitting along cliffs and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    All meals are included for the duration of the walk. You will enjoy authentic and delicious local cuisine.

    Your luggage will be transported all the way through, so you only need to carry a day pack to enjoy your daily exploration. Round trip train tickets and all transportations (taxi & local bus) during the Kumano Kodo hike are also included.

    Luxury Kumano Kodo Mountain to Sea & Ama Divers is the ultimate discovery of Kumano replete with natural beauty and rich history. You'll return invigorated and inspired with memories that will last a lifetime.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Orientation for Kumano Kodo Walk

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Kyoto, Japan
    Route: Kyoto - Kumano Kodo - Ise Shima - Osaka Journey to the world-famous Kumano Kodo on foot from mountain to sea and immerse ...
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  5. Best of Kumano Kodo Mountain to Sea Walk & Cruise 5D4N, Private Guided

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    Pack Free. Best Accommodation

    Led by a professional guide, hike Nakahechi of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea, visit all three Kumano Grand Shrines, and ride on a traditional boat on the Kumano-gawa river on this relaxing walking tour. You'll enjoy hot springs at famous onsen village and indulgent in an Open-air Bath on a private island. This crafted itinerary offers a variety of experiences on the Kumano Kodo trail. Your luggage will be transported each day to the next accommodation 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 easy to moderate walk has a mix of village paved paths and unpaved forest trails. You'll walk from village to village covering up to 24 km over 3.5 days' walking and have opportunity to visit all three Grand Shrines (Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha).

    You'll spend leisurely nights in the mountain ridge-top Takahara, picturesque Chikatsuyu village, and hot-spring village of Yunomine Onsen along the trail and the final night on a private island hot spring resort. In the evening, unwind and relax in the comfort of the best accommodation along the trail. All rooms have private 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 accommodation so you only need to carry a daypack to enjoy your daily exploration.

    This incredible walk through the mountainous Kii Peninsula will inspire with its scale, natural beauty and depth of history.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Orientation for Kumano Kodo Walk

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Osaka or Kyoto, Japan
    Pack Free. Best Accommodation Led by a professional guide, hike Nakahechi of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea, visit all three ...
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    From €2,361.36 Per Person, Twin Share
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  6. Best of Kumano Kodo Mountain to Sea Walk & Cruise 5D4N, Self Guided

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    Pack Free. Best Accommodation

    Hike Nakahechi of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea, visit all three Kumano Grand Shrines, and ride on a traditional boat on the Kumano-gawa river on this relaxing walking tour. You'll enjoy hot springs at famous onsen village and indulgent in an Open-air Bath on a private island. This crafted itinerary offers a variety of experiences on the Kumano Kodo trail. Your luggage will be transported each day to the next accommodation 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 easy to moderate walk has a mix of village paved paths and unpaved forest trails. You'll walk from village to village covering up to 24 km over 3.5 days' walking and have opportunity to visit all three Grand Shrines (Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha).

    You'll spend leisurely nights in the mountain ridge-top Takahara, picturesque Chikatsuyu village, and hot-spring village of Yunomine Onsen along the trail and the final night on a private island hot spring resort. In the evening, unwind and relax in the comfort of the best accommodation along the trail. You have choice to have all rooms with 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 accommodation so you only need to carry a daypack to enjoy your daily exploration.

    This incredible walk through the mountainous Kii Peninsula will inspire with its scale, natural beauty and depth of history.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Orientation for Kumano Kodo Walk

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Osaka or Kyoto, Japan
    Pack Free. Best Accommodation Hike Nakahechi of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea, visit all three Kumano Grand Shrines, and ride ...
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    From €1,585.02 Per Person, Twin Share
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  7. Kumano Kodo Grand Traverse Mountain to Sea 6D5N (Inc. Kogumotori-goe & Ogumotori-goe), Self Guided

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    Pack Free. Best Accommodation

    Hike Nakahechi independently including Kogumotori-goe and the hardest Ogumotori-goe passes of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Traverse village to village and mountain to sea. 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. You'll be enlightened with a sense of accomplishment of the journey!

    Spend four nights at Japanese inns in Takahara, Nonaka, Yunomine Onsen and Koguchi 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 accommodation so that you can enjoy exploring the world-famous Kumano Kodo, Japan's ancient pilgrimage route on foot independently over 6 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 moderate Kogumotori-goe pass rewards trekkers with the amazing view from Hyakken-gura. The Ogumotori-goe is a challenging walk with long ascents and descents, but it's believed to be the most memorable challenge of the Kodo. You'll walk from village to village covering up to 65.2 km over 4.5 days' walking and have an opportunity to visit two Grand Shrines (Kumano Hongu Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha).

    On this action-packed 6-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 accommodation 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.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Orientation

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Osaka or Kyoto, Japan
    Pack Free. Best Accommodation Hike Nakahechi independently including Kogumotori-goe and the hardest Ogumotori-goe passes of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Traverse village to village ...
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    From €1,682.06 Per Person, Twin Share
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  8. Kumano Kodo Grand Traverse Mountain to Sea 6D5N (Inc. Kogumotori-goe & Ogumotori-goe), Private Guided

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    Pack Free. Best Accommodation

    Led by a local professional guide, hike Nakahechi including Kogumotori-goe and the hardest Ogumotori-goe passes of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Traverse village to village and mountain to sea. 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. Then be enlightened with a sense of accomplishment of the journey!

    Spend four nights at Japanese inns in Takahara, Nonaka, Yunomine Onsen and Koguchi 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 accommodation so that you can enjoy exploring the world-famous Kumano Kodo, Japan's ancient pilgrimage route on foot independently over 6 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 moderate Kogumotori-goe pass rewards trekkers with the amazing view from Hyakken-gura. The Ogumotori-goe is a challenging walk with long ascents and descents, but it's believed to be the most memorable challenge of the Kodo. You'll walk from village to village covering up to 65.2 km over 4.5 days' walking and have an opportunity to visit two Grand Shrines (Kumano Hongu Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha).

    On this action-packed 6-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 accommodation 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.

    Orientation

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Osaka or Kyoto, Japan
    Pack Free. Best Accommodation Led by a local professional guide, hike Nakahechi including Kogumotori-goe and the hardest Ogumotori-goe passes of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage ...
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    From €2,878.92 Per Person, Twin Share
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  9. Best of Kumano Kodo Mountain to Sea Trek 5D4N (Inc. Ogumotori-goe), Private Guided

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    Pack Free. Best Accommodation

    Led by local professional guide, 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 accommodation 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.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Orientation

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

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  10. Best of Kumano Kodo Mountain to Sea Trek 5D4N (Inc. Ogumotori-goe), Self Guided

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    Pack Free. Best Accommodation

    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 accommodation 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.

    Departure Dates:

    Departs daily year round on request.

    Orientation

    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.

    Dual Pilgrim

    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.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Osaka or Kyoto, Japan
    Pack Free. Best Accommodation Hike Nakahechi including the hardest Ogumotori-goe pass of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from mountain to sea. Traverse village to ...
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    From €1,552.68 Per Person, Twin Share
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