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Kumano Kodo Three-Night Module (Gentle Walking)

3 Nights: from US$1093 per person (twin share) Trip Code: KK003

This short walking module introduces the Kumano Kodo network of pilgrimage routes with a series of gentle hikes punctuated by stays in traditionl countryside inns and visits to some of the area's famous shrines. This module is designed to be incorporated into a longer Self-Guided Adventure. Read more >

The Kumano Kodo is the name given to an area of pilgrimage routes to the south of Osaka and Kyoto, encompassing parts of Nara, Wakayama and Mie Prefectures.

The Kumano Kodo centres around three great shrines: Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha - known collectively as the Kumano Sanzan. Emanating from these three shrines the various pilgrimage trails trace their way through dense forest and across high mountain passes and stunning valleys, linking the various sacred sites of the area from Yoshino and Omine to Mount Koya and even as far as the great shrine of Ise - Shintoism's most sacred site.

For more than a thousand years these trails have been trudged by those from all walks of life, from retired emperors to the lowliest of itinerant peasants, and they remain in use as pilgrimage routes to this day.

As you follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims you'll make your way across the tip of the Kii Peninsula from Kii-Tanabe to Kii-Katsuura, a journey that will encompass stays at Kawayu Onsen with its steaming riverbed hot spring baths; Yunomie Onsen, one of Japan's oldest and most enchanting spa towns; and the Nakanoshima Hotel on an island in Katsuura Bay.

Along the way you'll visit all three of the Kumano Sanzan shrines, stay in traditional Japanese-style accommodation, take a boat cruise on the Kumano River, wander amongst ancient cryptomeria trees and marvel at Japan's tallest waterfall.

The Kumano Kodo is an area not to be missed: steeped in legend and history, with a mystical atmosphere and outstanding natural beauty.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Three nights' Japanese-style accommodation (two nights fully en suite, one night en suite toilet only)
  • Breakfast and dinner at your accommodation every day, one bento lunchbox
  • All train travel between destinations
  • Traditional boat cruise on the Kumano River
  • Same-day luggage shuttle service between destinations on the Kumano Kodo
  • Kumano Kodo orientation
  • Personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

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

What, where, when and how...

Kumano Kodo Three-Night Module (Gentle Walking) - 4 Days

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