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The Kumano Kodo

The ancient Kumano region is nestled in the verdant mountains of Wakayama Prefecture (he small peninsula that juts down towards Shikoku island) and since time memorial this lush and rugged promontory has been though of abode of the gods and worshipped by the Japanese for centuries.

Walk the spiritual Nakahechi Kumano Kodo, soak in traditional Japanese onsen, consume the succulent local cuisine and interact closely with local Japanese people to glean an important insight into this amazing culture and at every turn fascinating people. Refer to our slideshow below for an idea of what walking through these mountains is like. To learn more about what this spiritual walking tour entails refer to our blog post on The Kumano Kodo.

This is a small group tour of up to six people.

Tour InclusionsThe Kumano Kodo

7nights accommodation;
All Breakfasts & dinners on the Kumano Kodo;
Public transport while on the Kumano Kodo;
Transfer of your luggage as required;
>Bilingual tour leader to make your journey hassle free and most enjoyable.

You can purchase delicious obento lunch boxes can be organised on the Kumano Kodo.

Tour Dates:
TBA

Tour ExclusionsThe Kumano Kodo

International airfares;
Travel insurance;
Lunches;
Alcoholic beverages;
Water not provided - although there is plenty of free delicious fresh water available to you.


You can purchase delicious obento lunch boxes can be organised on the Kumano Kodo.

Tour Dates:
TBA

Day 1 - Arrive in Osaka

The tour group will meet in the evening at designated hotel in Osaka for tour briefing and dinner in Osaka.

  • Arrive Osaka hotel;
  • Tour briefing;
  • Dinner provided;

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  • Mugen Style Restaurant;


Day 2 - Transfer to Ki-Tanabe

After an early buffet breakfast in the hotel we head off on some local sight seeing of Osaka for the morning only. After lunch we transfer by train to Ki-Tanabe hotel.

  • Osaka sight seeing and lunch;
  • Transfer by train to Ki-Tanabe hotel;
  • Dinner at local Japanese restaurant and buffet breakfast in the hotel;


Day 3 - Walk Takajiri to Takahara

After breakfast in out hotel in Tanabe, we'll pass a Japanese convenience store or local store to top-up on any supples you may need. We then proceed to the station and take the bus to Takajiri, the trail head of the Kumano Kodo.

  • Buffet breakfast in the hotel;
  • Supplies form local convenience store;
  • Bus transfer to Takajiri and trail head of Nakahechi on the Kumano Kodo;
  • Walk from Takajiri to Tsukizakura-oji;

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Day 4 - Takahara to Tsugizakura-oji

After the wonderful a sumptuous dinner experience, a soak in the huge bath and a hearty and delicious breakfast we head off to Tsugizakura-oji. The walk through the cedar forest is an amazing experience. The huge trees create a tranquil and distinctly fresh atmosphere. The air is fresh and crisp and the scenery as you pass along this steady up-hill trail is revitalising. This first short leg of the Kumano Kodo is a good entee for the more challenging walking to come.

  • Dinner and breakfast at Takahara;
  • Pick-up any supplies at local store;
  • Bus to Takahara and Kumano Kodo trail head (approx 40min);
  • Visit local information centre;
  • Walk Takahara to Tsugizakura-oji

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Day 5 - Tsukizakara-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha

After a breakfast we continue along the Kumano Kodo to Hongu Taisha. We cross over three mountain passes today, so there is a lot of walking and a lot of climbing ahead of us. The goal is to be at the top of the pass by lunch time in order to have enough time to explore Kumano Hongu Taisha. After enjoying the shrine we take a short bus ride to Yuminomie Onsen where will lodge for the night.

  • Dinner and breakfast provided by minshuku;
  • Walk from Tsukizakara-oji to Hongu Taisha;
  • Explore Hongu Taisha and bus to Yuminomie Onsen;
  • Lodge at onsen for the evening.

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Day 5 (contd) - Yunomine Onsen

After exploring the Kumano Hongu Taisha we take a local bus to Yunomine Onsen (approx 15min) where we lodge for the night. Soak in the regenerative onset water, and enjoy the replenishing ad utterly delicious cuisine in preparation for the next leg of the Nakasendo.

  • Explore Kumano Hongu Taisha;
  • Transfer by local bus to Yunomine Onsen;
  • Enjoy the revitalising onsen and cuisine;
  • Lodging for the evening.


Day 7- Koguchi to Nachi Taisha

After breakfast at Yonomie Onsen we head off on the last leg of our Kumano Kodo pilgrimage headed for the spectacular Nachi Taisha. Even although the last part of the last leg is a long decent down to Nachi Taisha this is not an easy days walk, but the pay-off is huge. The shrine and waterfall are amazing. The food and onsen water revitalising and cleansing. Enjoy this last stop on the pilgrim trail, soak up every last drop of senerity before heading back your hectic daily life routine.

  • Breakfast in Yonomie Onsen;
  • Walk to Nachi Taisha;
  • Explore Nachi Taisha;
  • Accommodation at Nachi Taisha and Tour End;
  • AJ Travel Bureau will assist with your ongoing travels from Nachi Taisha.

Tour Dates


Tour Dates TBA

Tour Inclusions


7nights accommodation;
All Breakfasts & dinners on the Kumano Kodo;
Public transport while on the Kumano Kodo;
Transfer of your luggage as required;
>. Bilingual tour leader to make your journey hassle free and most enjoyable.

Tour Exclusions


International airfares;
Travel insurance;
. Lunches;
Alcoholic beverages;
Water not provided.

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