Self Guided Adventure


Pilgrim's Paths

14 Nights: from US$4225 per person (twin share) Trip Code: PPC

This very special journey through Japan will take you from modern Tokyo to ancient Kyoto via a network of ancient pilgrimage paths known as the Kumano Kodo. Along the way you'll stay at a temple lodging on Koya-san and at various traditional ryokan inns. Read more >

On our Pilgrim's Paths itinerary you will join the ranks of the junreisha, as pilgrims are known in Japanese, as you travel through Japan exploring modern cities, old towns, remote villages and some of the country's most sacred sites.

This very special journey through Japan will take you from modern Tokyo to ancient Kyoto before introducing you to the many pilgrimage routes in the Kansai region.

Become one of the six million visitors per year to visit the Grand Shrine of Ise, one of Shinto's holiest sites. Discover Buddhist tradition and shojin ryori cuisine at Mount Koya. Soak in the relaxing hot spring baths at Yunomine Onsen. This will undoubtedly be a trip to remember!

Although all of the destinations on this itinerary offer a range of fantastic experiences, the highlight of the trip will be hiking along the ancient Kumano Kodo, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

This network of ancient pilgrimage trails provides access to the sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines of the Kii Peninsula: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha. In use for more than 1,000 years, the well-marked paths offer various half- or full-day treks through verdant forest, past beautiful rivers and across stunning mountain passes.

As you journey through Japan you'll stay at an authentic shukubo temple lodging at mysterious Mount Koya and at traditional ryokan inns in Ise, Yunomine Onsen and Chikatsuyu-oji.

Historic cities, ancient forest paths, the most venerated of Shinto shrines and healing volcanic hot spring waters make this a very special spiritual journey through Japan.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation (seven nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning, seven evening meals and two lunches
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Airport transfers
  • Insider walking tour of Tokyo
  • Full day private guide in Mount Koya
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Tea ceremony experience
  • Cycling tour of Kyoto with lunch included
  • Kansai Thru Pass
  • Same-day luggage forwarding service between destinations on the Kumano Kodo (from Kawayu Onsen to Yunomine and from Yunomine to Nachi)
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the morning prayers at the temples of Mount Koya
  • Relax in Yunomine Onsen's hot spring baths
  • Hike the pilgrimage routes of the Kumano Kodo
  • Take part in a tea ceremony
  • Visit the Grand Shrine at Ise
  • Stay at authentic Japanese ryokan inns and a shukubo temple lodging

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

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