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

 

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The beautiful Kumano region 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, aweinspiring 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.

 

 

Departures March – June, September – December
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.

 

Day 1--D

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 Hosshinmon-oji to KumanoH ongu 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
  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

 

Day 1--D

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
003 - Nachi Falls Pagoda, Kumano Kodo

 

 

B : Breakfast  L : Lunch  D : Dinner

 

Day 1--D

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
003 - Nachi Falls Pagoda, Kumano Kodo

 

 

B : Breakfast  L : Lunch  D : Dinner

 

 

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