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Kumano Kodo Three-Night Module (Advanced Hiking)

3 Nights: from US$796 per person (twin share) Trip Code: KK001

This short but challenging hiking module, which introduces you to the ancient pilgrimage trails of the Kumano Kodo, can be added to just about any Self-Guided Adventure that visits Kyoto. Get in touch with one of our travel consultants to start planning your perfect trip! Read more >

The Kumano Kodo is a collection of ancient pilgrimage routes tracing their way through the verdant forests of the Kii Mountain Range. These routes connect the three grand shrines known as the Kumano Sanzan - Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha - and have been in use continuously from roughly the 10th century until the present day.

Originating at Hongu Taisha at the centre of the Kumano Kodo, the region's various pilgrimage trails lead onwards to the other three shrines as well as to sacred Mount Koya, the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism; Yoshino and Omine in Nara Prefecture; Kii Tanabe on the coast and even as far as Ise, Shintoism's most sacred site.

This advanced walking module traverses the Kii Peninsula from the small city of Kii-Tanabe to Kii-Katsuura in the east. You'll be attacking some of the more challenging sections of the Kumano Kodo trail network, including some great ridge-walking sections, amazing views from local observation points, and an impressive stone staircase on Mount Nachi.

Along the way you will not only have plenty of opportunities to admire the sacred temples and lush forests with which the area is blessed, but also to soak in a UNESCO World Heritage onsen at Yunomine, stay in traditional Japanese-style ryokan and minshuku inns, sample delicious kaiseki cuisine, and wonder at Japan's tallest waterfall at Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine.

This is an ancient and atmospheric area of Japan with great religious and historical importance and outstanding natural beauty.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Three nights' Japanese-style accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, three evening meals and two lunches
  • Kumano Kodo orientation
  • All train travel between destinations
  • Same-day luggage forwarding service between destinations on the Kumano Kodo
  • Personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • Lunch after your arrival in Kii-Tanabe
  • Local transport at destinations, including all buses
  • Any entrance fees, including those for temples, shrines and onsen

What, where, when and how...

Kumano Kodo Three-Night Module (Advanced Hiking) - 4 Days

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