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Immerse yourself in the sacred splendor of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route on a 3- or 4-day self-guided tour of the spellbinding region. Discover the impressive monuments of the original pilgrimage route and see mountaintop villages and sacred temples alongside spectacular natural scenery, Soothe aching muscles in steamy hot springs and relax in comfortable accommodation at traditional family run inns, where authentic Japanese cuisine is served. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip train transportation from either Kyoto or Osaka and relish the flexibility and freedom of this independent and enriching tour.

Highlights

  • Self-guided walking tour along the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail
  • Hike forested mountain paths to the villages of Takahara, Chikatsuyu and Shingu
  • Eat traditional Japanese meals for breakfast and dinner at each family-run inn
  • Choose a 3- or 4-day independent walk (depending on your selection)
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with walking instructions, waterproof topographical map and local phone support included
  • Round-trip train tickets from Kyoto or Osaka

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This rewarding Kumano Kodo hike through the mountains of the Kii Peninsula includes a 3,000-foot (914-meter) elevation gain. However, optional local buses are available to shorten your walks, giving you more time for independent sightseeing in each town.

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What You Can Expect

3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including Lodging and Transport

3- Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including Lodging and Transport

Depart on a modern train from either Kyoto or Osaka to begin your self-guided tour of the peaceful and picturesque Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Renewed for its scenic splendor and impressive monuments, the route has been trodden by emperors and their families since the 11th century.

On arrival, weave your way through a myriad of forested mountains, sublime shrines and quaint villages during your 3- or 4-day walking route in Kuamno Kodo. Walk on paved paths predominantly and explore well-maintained mountain trails that require adequate gear and a reasonable level of fitness.

Relax and revitalize in the evenings at ryokan, traditional inns with soothing hot springs, or minshuku, family run guests houses. Meals mentioned in the itinerary are included in the price of the tour.

In order to make your hikes less strenuous, forward your baggage from the accommodation you depart from to the accommodation you’ll be arriving at after completion of the trail. Use this efficient and secure forwarding service to lessen the strain during your energetic hike. Each accommodation supplies essential items to ensure you feel clean and comfortable throughout the trail.

Upon booking, receive a detailed day-by-day itinerary that details which meals are included and offers information of the walking trails. Please see the Itinerary section below for a sample schedule.

Please provide your pre-tour accommodation to the tour operator at the time of booking so the tour operator can send you your detailed tour information and rail tickets.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Oku Japan did an excellent job on this tour. The itinerary was clear, and the support was punctual and helpful. Kumano Kodo is the way to go if you're headed for Japan and want a lovely hike, especially in the spring.

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