Pilgrimage to Japan’s spiritual roots KUMANO 2017 – Walking Tour

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The beautiful Kumano region of Wakayama prefecture in the southern reaches of the Kii Peninsula is one of Japan’s oldest sacred sites and has been a pilgrimage mecca for centuries. It is blessed with verdant mountains, awe-inspiring waterfalls, a rugged coastline, soothing hot springs, and rich traditional culture. For over 1000 years, the continuous footsteps of innumerable devoted pilgrims searching for healing and salvation at Kumano have forged pilgrimage routes called Kumano Kodo. Journey these historical World Heritage trails to Discover Japan’s spiritual roots.

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Prices from (Per person, Land Only) 6 Day – self-guided & Minshuku Stay plan: from $1000 per person / Twin share
6 Day – self-guided & Ryokan Stay plan: from $1720 per person / Twin share
3 Day – self-guided & Minshuku Stay plan: from $530 per person / Twin share *With guide, from $840 per person / Twin share
3 Day – self-guided & Ryokan Stay: from $950 per person / Twin share *With guide, from $1260 per person / Twin share
• Minimum 2 persons to operate.
• JTB tours in conjunction with this tour are available.
• Minshuku is a small sized Japanese Inn (Japanese style B & B)
• For full list of prices, please contact JTB New Zealand
• Special airfares in conjunction with this tour are available, please contact JTB New Zealand

6 Days

Day 1D

Takahara
TRAIN FROM KYOTO/OSAKA TO KII-TANABE (Kuroshio 3)
08:36 –
Dep: Kyoto
09:03 –
Dep: Shin-Osaka
11:15 –
Arr: Kii-Tanabe
TOUR ORIENTATION – MEET STAFF AT THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER NEXT TO KII-TANABE STATION
We can meet the guests at the tourist information center next to the Kii-Tanabe station to give the guests an orientation. We can make sure that they have the correct maps, bus timetables, etc. We can also update them on the latest information, and answer any questions that they may have.
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE FROM KII-TANABE STATION TO KIRI-NO-SATO TAKAHARA LODGE
Lunch: at restaurant near Kii-Tanabe station, not included in tour
BUS FROM TANABE TO TAKIJIRI-OJI (960 yen)
12:35 –
Dep: Kii-Tanabe
13:18 –
Arr: Takijiri
WALK KUMANO KODO TAKIJIRI-OJI TO TAKAHARA
Distance:3.7 km, Time: ~ 2 hrs
001 - Map of Takijiri-oji to Takahara
VISIT TAKAHARA
A beautiful ridge top village.
OVERNIGHT AT TAKAHARA KIRI-NO-SATO LODGE
This is a beautiful village and the views from the lodge are panoramic.
Dinner: at lodge
001 - Kumano Kodo Walkers

Day 2BLD

Nonaka
Breakfast: at lodge
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE FROM KIRI-NO-SATO TAKAHARA LODGE TO NONAKA ACCOMMODATION
Leave luggage at front desk.
PICK-UP LUNCH AT LODGE RECEPTION
WALK KUMANO KODO FROM TAKAHARA TO NONAKA
Distance: ~ 14 km, Time: 6 ~ 7 hrs
002 - Map of Takahara to Tsugizakura-oji
Lunch: picnic lunch along trail
OVERNIGHT AT MINSHUKU TSUGIZAKURA or similar
Minshuku Tsugizakura, Irorian Minshuku, or Minshuku Nonaka Sanso.
Dinner: at minshuku
002 - Takahara Kumano-jinja Shrine, Kumano Kodo

Day 3BLD

Yunomine Onsen
Breakfast: at minshuku
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE FROM NONAKA ACCOMMODATION TO YUNOMINE ONSEN
Leave luggage at minshuku.
PICK-UP LUNCH AT MINSHUKU
WALK KUMANO KODO – TSUGIZAKURA-OJI TO KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
Distance: 21 km, Time: 7 ~ 8 hrs
003 - Map of Tsugizakura-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha
Short walk option
PUBLIC BUS FROM NONAKA TO HONGU (970 yen)
09:00 Dep: Nonaka-no-Ipposugi
09:35 Arr: Hongu Taisha-mae

PUBLIC BUS FROM HONGU TAISHA-MAE TO HOSSHINMON-OJI (460 yen)
10:10 Dep: Hongu Taisha-mae
10:25 Arr: Hosshinmon-oji

WALK KUMANO KODO HOSSHINMON-OJI TO KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
Distance: 7 kms, Time: ~ 3 hrs

This is a very nice half day walk on the pilgrimage route. It goes through a mixture of ridge top settlements and forest trails. There are some good panoramic lookout spots along the trail.
003 - Map of Tsugizakura-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha
Lunch: picnic lunch along the way
VISIT KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
VISIT OYUNOHARA
VISIT KUMANO HONGU HERITAGE CENTER
Excellent visitor center with detailed information in English on the region.
Option 1
BUS FROM HONGU TAISHA TO YUNOMINE ONSEN (300 yen)
16:58 Dep: Hongu Taisha-mae
17:09 Arr: Yunomine Onsen
This bus leaves from in front of the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center.
Option 2
WALK KUMANO KODO – DAINICHI-GOE
Distance: ~ 3.5 km, Time: ~1.5 hrs
003 - Map of Yunomine Onsen to Kumano Hongu Taisha
WALK KUMANO KODO – DAINICHI-GOE
VISIT YUNOMINE ONSEN
One of Japan’s oldest hot springs and intimately connected to the Kumano Kodo.
OVERNIGHT AT YOSHINOYA RYOKAN or other minshuku
Dinner: at accommodation
003 - Yunomine-Onsen, Kumano Kodo

Day 4BLD

Koguchi
Breakfast: at accommodation
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE FROM YUNOMINE ONSEN ACCOMMODATION TO KOGUCHI ACCOMMODATION
Leave luggage at minshuku. Arrives 17:30 ~ 19:00.
PICK-UP LUNCH AT ACCOMMODATION
BUS FROM YUNOMINE ONSEN TO UKEGAWA (330 yen)
08:50 –
Dep: Yunomine Onsen
09:03 –
Arr: Ukegawa
WALK KUMANO KODO – UKEGAWA TO KOGUCHI (KOGUMOTORI-GOE)
Distance: ~ 13 km, Time: ~ 5.5 hrs
004 - Map of Kumano Hongu Taisha to Koguchi
Lunch: picnic lunch in mountains
OVERNIGHT AT ACCOMMODATION IN KOGUCHI
Either Minshuku Momofuku or Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie, depending on availability.
Dinner: at minshuku
004 - Hyakken-gura, Kumano Kodo

Day 5BLD

Katsuura
Breakfast: at minshuku
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE FROM KOGUCHI ACCOMMODATION TO KATSUURA ACCOMMODATION
Leave luggage at minshuku. Arrives 17:30 ~ 19:00.
PICK-UP LUNCH AT ACCOMMODATION
WALK KUMANO KODO – KOGUCHI TO NACHI (OGUMOTORI-GOE)
Distance: ~14.5 km, Time: ~ 7 hrs
005 - Map of Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha
Lunch: picnic lunch in mountains
VISIT KUMANO NACHI TAISHA
BUS FROM NACHI TO KATSUURA (620 yen)
17:11
Dep: Taki-mae
17:35
Arr: Katsuura station
OVERNIGHT AT ACCOMMODATION IN KATSUURA
Dinner: at accommodation or restaurant
005 - Funami-toge Pass, Kumano Kodo

Day 6B

Osaka / Kyoto
Breakfast: at accommodation
TRAIN FROM KATSUURA TO OSAKA/KYOTO (Kuroshio #18)
10:45
Dep: Kii-Katsuura
14:50
Arr: Shin-Osaka

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner

3 Days

Day 1D

Kawayu Onsen
TRAIN FROM FROM OSAKA TO KII-TANABE (Kuroshio 7)
10:15 –
Dep: Shin-Osaka
12:28 –
Dep: Kii-Tanabe
TOUR ORIENTATION – MEET STAFF AT THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER NEXT TO KII-TANABE STATION
Meet staff at the information center for a tour orientation. During this orientation the staff reviews details of trip. Makes sure guests have all of the information that they need, and answer any last minute questions.
Lunch: at restaurant near Tanabe station
START OF 3 DAY BUS PASS
PUBLIC BUS FROM TANABE TO KAWAYU ONSEN (1,900 yen)
14:50 –
Dep: Kii-Tanabe
16:45 –
Arr: Kawayu Onsen
OVERNIGHT AT KAWAYU ONSEN
Kawayu Midoriya, Fujiya Ryokan, Kameya Ryokan, and Pension Ashita-no-Mori offer shuttle service to Hosshinmon-oji.
Dinner: at accommodation
ENJOY KAWAYU ONSEN
Unique hot spring in river.
001 - Sennin-buro | Kawayu Onsen | Kumano's Thermal Wonder, Kumano Kodo

Day 2BLD

Katsuura Onsen
Breakfast: at accommodation, in dining room
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE ACCOMMODATION IN KAWAYU ONSEN TO ACCOMODATION IN KATSUURA
Leave luggage at front desk. Will arrive between 17:00 and 18:00.
PICK-UP LUNCH BOX FROM FRONT DESK
A delicious Japanese bento lunch will be delivered to the accommodation.
09:00 –
SHUTTLE FROM ACCOMMODATION TO HOSSHINMON-OJI (free)
If guests are staying at a minshuku then a public bus can take guests to Hosshinmon-oji.
PUBLIC BUS FROM KAWAYU ONSEN TO HOSSHINMON-OJI (460 yen)
08:23 Dep: Kawayu Onsen
08:48 Arr: Hosshinmon-oji
WALK KUMANO KODO HOSSHINMON-OJI TO KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
Distance: 7 kms, Time: ~ 3 hrs
This is a very nice half day walk on the pilgrimage route. It goes through a mixture of ridge top settlements and forest trails. There are some good panoramic lookout spots along the trail.
002 - Map of Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha
Lunch: at bento lunch
VISIT KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
One of the three grand shrines of Kumano.
VISIT OYUNOHARA
PUBLIC BUS FROM HONGU TO KATSUURA ONSEN (1,950 yen)
15:20–
Dep: Hongu Taisha-mae
16:48–
Arr: Kii-Katsuura station
OVERNIGHT IN KATSUURA
Dinner: at accommodation
002 - Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, Kumano Kodo

Day 3BLD

Kii-Katuura to Shin-Osaka
Breakfast: at accommodation
LEAVE LUGGAGE IN COIN-LOCKER AT KII-KATSUURA STATION
BUS FROM KII-KATSUURA STATION TO DAIMONZAKA CHUSHAJO (420 yen)
08:55 –
Dep: Kii-Katsuura
09:14 –
Arr: Daimonzaka Chushajo-mae
WALK KUMANO KODO – DAIMONZAKA
Distance: ~ 1.5 kms, Time: ~ 45 mins
This is a short but atmospheric walk on an ancient stone staircase lined with giant old-growth trees.
003 - Map of Kumano Nachi Taisha to Daimonzaka
VISIT KUMANO NACHI TAISHA, SEIGANTO-JI
VISIT NACHI WATERFALL
Walking around the shrine grounds from the base of the Daimonzaka to the Nachi falls is a good walk as it includes many stairs and good sites with view points. It is very easy to spend a good portion of the day here.
BUS FROM TAKIMAE TO KII-KATSUURA STATION (620 yen)
11:46 –
Dep: Taki-mae
12:10 –
Arr: Kii-Katsuura
Lunch: at restaurant near station
TRAIN FROM KII-KATSUURA TO SHIN-OSAKA (Kuroshio 22)
13:01 –
Dep: Kii-Katsuura
16:50 –
Arr: Shin-Osaka

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner
003 - Nachi Falls Pagoda, Kumano Kodo

3 Days-Guided

Day 1D

Kawayu Onsen
TRAIN FROM FROM OSAKA TO KII-TANABE (Kuroshio 7)
10:15 –
Dep: Shin-Osaka
12:28 –
Dep: Kii-Tanabe
TOUR ORIENTATION – MEET STAFF AT THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER NEXT TO KII-TANABE STATION
Meet staff at the information center for a tour orientation. During this orientation the staff reviews details of trip. Makes sure guests have all of the information that they need, and answer any last minute questions.
Lunch: at restaurant near Tanabe station
START OF 3 DAY BUS PASS
PUBLIC BUS FROM TANABE TO KAWAYU ONSEN (1,900 yen)
14:50–
Dep: Kii-Tanabe
16:45–
Arr: Kawayu Onsen
OVERNIGHT AT KAWAYU ONSEN
Kawayu Midoriya, Fujiya Ryokan, Kameya Ryokan, and Pension Ashita-no-Mori offer shuttle service to Hosshinmon-oji.
Dinner: at accommodation
ENJOY KAWAYU ONSEN
Unique hot spring in river.
001 - Sennin-buro | Kawayu Onsen | Kumano's Thermal Wonder, Kumano Kodo

Day 2BLD

Katsuura Onsen
Breakfast: at accommodation, in dining room
LUGGAGE SHUTTLE ACCOMMODATION IN KAWAYU ONSEN TO ACCOMODATION IN KATSUURA
Leave luggage at front desk. Will arrive between 17:00 and 18:00.
PICK-UP LUNCH BOX FROM FRONT DESK
A delicious Japanese bento lunch will be delivered to the accommodation.
08:45 –
MEET GUIDE AT ACCOMMODATION
09:00 –
SHUTTLE FROM ACCOMMODATION TO HOSSHINMON-OJI (free)
08:10 MEET GUIDE AT ACCOMMODATION
If guests are staying at a minshuku then a public bus can take guests to Hosshinmon-oji.
PUBLIC BUS FROM KAWAYU ONSEN TO HOSSHINMON-OJI (460 yen)
08:23 Dep: Kawayu Onsen
08:48 Arr: Hosshinmon-oji
WALK KUMANO KODO HOSSHINMON-OJI TO KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
Distance: 7 kms, Time: ~ 3 hrs
This is a very nice half day walk on the pilgrimage route. It goes through a mixture of ridge top settlements and forest trails. There are some good panoramic lookout spots along the trail.
002 - Map of Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha
Lunch: at bento lunch
VISIT KUMANO HONGU TAISHA
One of the three grand shrines of Kumano.
VISIT OYUNOHARA
END OF GUIDE SERVICE
PUBLIC BUS FROM HONGU TO KATSUURA ONSEN (1,950 yen)
15:20 –
Dep: Hongu Taisha-mae
16:48 –
Arr: Kii-Katsuura station
OVERNIGHT IN KATSUURA
Dinner: at accommodation
002 - Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, Kumano Kodo

Day 3BLD

Kii-Katuura to Shin-Osaka
Breakfast: at accommodation
LEAVE LUGGAGE IN COIN-LOCKER AT KII-KATSUURA STATION
MEET GUIDE AT KII-KATSUURA STATION
BUS FROM KII-KATSUURA STATION TO DAIMONZAKA CHUSHAJO (420 yen)
08:55 –
Dep: Kii-Katsuura
09:14 –
Arr: Daimonzaka Chushajo-mae
WALK KUMANO KODO – DAIMONZAKA
Distance: ~ 1.5 kms, Time: ~ 45 mins
This is a short but atmospheric walk on an ancient stone staircase lined with giant old-growth trees.
003 - Map of Kumano Nachi Taisha to Daimonzaka
VISIT KUMANO NACHI TAISHA, SEIGANTO-JI
VISIT NACHI WATERFALL
Walking around the shrine grounds from the base of the Daimonzaka to the Nachi falls is a good walk as it includes many stairs and good sites with view points. It is very easy to spend a good portion of the day here.
BUS FROM TAKIMAE TO KII-KATSUURA STATION (620 yen)
11:46 –
Dep: Taki-mae
12:10 –
Arr: Kii-Katsuura
END OF GUIDE SERVICE
Lunch: at restaurant near station
TRAIN FROM KII-KATSUURA TO SHIN-OSAKA (Kuroshio 22)
13:01 –
Dep: Kii-Katsuura
16:50 –
Arr: Shin-Osaka

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner
003 - Nachi Falls Pagoda, Kumano Kodo

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