Overview

The Kumano Kodo is an important part of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.
The three sacred sites of Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, and Koyasan and the surrounding forests of the Kii Mountains have been registered to the UNESCO World Heritage List for their religious significance rooted in the ancient Japanese tradition of nature worship sustained here for more than 1,200 years. Spanning Nara, Wakayama, and Mie prefectures, the area is still a popular destination for religious and recreational purposes today, welcoming as many as 15 million visitors annually to its natural and cultural attractions.

Snaking through the mountain ranges of the Kii Peninsula, the ancient pathways of the Kumano Kodo form a sacred pilgrimage route followed for centuries. Connecting three famous shrines—known as the Kumano Sanzan—with the ancient capital Kyoto and Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie, the paths were as much of a spiritual experience as their destinations. Following steep and sometimes dangerous paths through the wild mountain terrain, pilgrims from across Japan would make the perilous journey to deepen their faith.

Duration: 6 days
Travel Date: Apr 5-10 or Jun 24-29 or Dec 4-9, 2020
Activities Level: Moderate to difficult

Brief itinerary
Day 1 Shin-Osaka—Kii-Tanabe

Meet & greet at Kii-Tanabe railway station, take the public transportation to hotel.
Welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2 Kii-Tanabe—Takijiri-oji

Hotel breakfast and take a public bus to Takijiri, and then hike the Takahara-Gyubadoji-Chikatsuyu-oji.
In the late afternoon, take a public bus back to hotel.
English or Chinese speaking guide incl.
Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at hotel.

Day 3 Takijiri—Kawayu/Yunomine onsen

Hotel breakfast and then hike to Kumano Hongu Taisha and further to Kawayu or Yunomine onsen.
English or Chinese speaking guide incl.
Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at hotel.

Day 4 Kawayu/Yunomine onsen—Koguchi

Hotel breakfast and then take a public bus from Ukegawa to Koguchi. Hiking tour to Koguchi.
English or Chinese speaking guide incl.
Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at hotel.

Day 5 Koguchi—Katsuura

Hotel breakfast and then hike from Koguchi to Nachi Taisha, visist Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji and Nachi Waterfall. Overnight at Katsuura.
English or Chinese speaking guide incl.
Picnic lunch on the way and dinner on your own arrangement

Day 6  Katsuura—departure

Hotel breakfast, then visit local the  fish market in the early morning. Trip ends
English or Chinese speaking guide incl.
No meals incl.

Cost
CNY 13200 p. person, twin sharing
CNY 17500 p. person, single room
based on a minimum of 6 pax

What’s Included:
  • Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Local English or Chinese speaking guide
  • Public transfers as mentioned in itinerary

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