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Kumano Kodo Five-Night Module (Advanced Hiking)

5 Nights: from US$1444 per person (twin share) Trip Code: KK002

A challenging five-night walking module introducing the ancient trails of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage network. Difficult and rewarding walking courses take you through one of Japan's most beautiful rural areas, with stays at traditional Japanese inns included along the way. Read more >

The pilgrimage routes that criss-cross the mountainous interior of the Kii Peninsula have been trodden by pilgrims of diverse social and religious backgrounds for over one thousand years. This ancient network of trails is known as the Kumano Kodo, and it links the three great shrines of Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha and Hayatama Taisha - known collectively as the Kumano Sanzan.

Emanating from Kumano Hongu Taisha in the heart of the Kii Mountain Range, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes spread across the peninsula as far afield as Mount Koya, Yoshino, Omine, and even the sacred shrines of Ise in Mie Prefecture.

This itinerary packs in some of the more challenging sections of the Kumano Kodo, taking you from Kii-Tanabe to Kii-Katsuura, stopping at the ridge-top settlement of Takahara, the tiny villages of Nonaka and Koguchi, and the famous onsen town of Yunomine. Along the way you'll also visit two of the three great shrines: Hongu Taisha and Nachi Taisha.

The Kii Peninsula is one of Japan's most ancient and mystical regions, with great swathes of untouched forest and some of the country's most important temples and shrines. This is a fantastic chance to get in some really challenging hikes in a beautiful setting steeped in religious history.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Five nights Japanese-style accommodation (two nights fully en suite, one night en suite toilet only, two nights shared bathing facilities)
  • Breakfast every morning, four lunches and dinner every evening
  • All train travel between destinations
  • Kumano Kodo orientation
  • Same-day luggage forwarding service between all destinations on the Kumano Kodo
  • Two hour guided hike from Takijiri-Oji to Takahara
  • Personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • Lunch in Kii-Tanabe on day one
  • Local transport between destinations, including any buses
  • Any entrance fees, including those for temples, shrines and onsen

Trip Highlights

  • Hike with an expert guide from Takijiri-Oji to Takahara
  • Enjoy a kaiseki dinner cooked by a top-class chef
  • Soak in Japan's only UNESCO World Heritage hot spring bath
  • Visit Nachi-no-Otaki, the largest waterfall in Japan
  • Stay above the clouds at the “village in the mist”
  • Stay in traditional Japanese-style accommodation
  • Admire two of the Kumano Kodo's three great shrines
  • Stay on a private island in Katsuura Bay

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Kumano Kodo Five-Night Module (Advanced Hiking) - 6 Days

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