Kumano Packages

Kumano Kodo Packages

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Takijiri to Takahara

Our tour includes train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or Osaka to the small town of Kii-Tanabe on the mystical Kii Peninsula, gateway to the historic Kumano Kodo Trail. The railway line runs close to the ocean for the latter part of the journey and offers stunning views. The journey from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe is around two and half hours; from Kyoto it is around three hours and usually requires a change of trains at Shin-Osaka station. Board a local bus outside Kii-Tanabe station and travel forty minutes to Takijiri. This is where your walk on the Nakahechi portion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route begins. From Takijiri the path climbs steadily to the ridge-top village of Takahara, and takes around two hours.
Stay tonight in a small, Japanese-style hotel in the tiny village of Takahara, or in a Japanese Minshuku in the nearby village of Kurisugawa. Both options serve good, home-cooked dinners featuring local seasonal ingredients. The small Japanese-style hotel in Takahara has both Japanese and Western-style rooms, all with wonderful views over the valley and mountains.

Walking distance: 4.5km
Elevation gain: 370m of ascent
Time required: About 2 hours
Accommodation: Japanese-style Hotel in Takahara, or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) in Kurisugawa

Day 2 Hike from Takahara to Chikatsuyu

After your Japanese breakfast you leave your inn and follow the trail as it winds through small settlements and peaceful countryside. You pass several Oji shrines before finally descending to the village of Chikatsuyu. The paths are clearly defined, and flagstones have been laid in some places to make the climbs easier. Arrive in Chikatsuyu in time to relax before dinner at a family-run Minshuku guesthouse.

Walking distance: 10km
Elevation gain: 480m of ascent and 520m of descent
Time required: About 4 – 5hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Chikatsuyu and Nonaka to Hongu

From Chikatsuyu, the trail continues through the mountains to Hongu. The trail passes through small villages and forest trails over the Kii Mountains to the Kumano shrine at Hongu, one of the three ‘Grand Shrines of Kumano’. Located in the heart of these sacred mountains, Kumano was said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, the ‘other world’ where spirits travelled to in Japanese mythology. From the Kumano shrine at Hongu, a short bus ride brings you to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest natural hot spring villages in Japan, or to Kawayu Onsen famous for the thermal water bubbling to the surface of the crystal-clear river. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a Japanese bath before or after your delicious, multi-course dinner.

Walking distance: 24km
Elevation gain: 820m of ascent and 1140m of descent
Time required: About 8 – 9 hours, requiring an early start!
Note: we offer two shorter alternatives of 7 hours (15km) or of 2 hours (7km), using a local bus from Chikatsuyu to shorten the walk. You can choose which option you prefer on the day (no need to decide in advance)
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 The Akagigoe and Dainichigoe trails

Spend a leisurely second night in the picturesque hot spring village of Yunomine Onsen or Kawayu Onsen part-way along the trail. On this extra day we offer two different optional walks on new sections of the trail, which can be combined if you wish. We also offer unique cultural experiences (for a supplement), such as walking with a Yamabushi ascetic monk, making your own traditional Japanese Washi paper or undertaking a spiritual meditation session.

Walking distance: 8.8km (plus 7km from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu)
Elevation gain: 610m of ascent and 585m of descent
Time required: 3-4 hours (plus 2 hours from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu)
Note: today’s shorter optional walk is 1.5 hours (2.8km) on the Dainichigoe trail between Yunomine Onsen and Hongu. You can walk both ways, or a take bus ride in one direction; it is also possible to combine the Dainichigoe trail with the Akagigoe trail for a satisfying full day hike.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike from Yagio to Totsukawa Onsen

From Yunomine, travel by bus to the starting point of the Kohechi trail. Your first walk on this ancient route begins at Yagio, following a wonderful forested trail over Hatenashi-toge Pass, with enchanting valley views, fascinating cultural monuments (including a miniature Kannon statue pilgrimage) and picturesque villages. A brief bus ride will help to avoid a short final stretch on a busier road at the very end of the walk. Finish the day with a relaxing thermal bath at your inn in Totsukawa Onsen.

Walking distance: 8.8km
Elevation gain: 985m of ascent and 935m of descent
Time required: About 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Dinner

Day 6 Hike from Nishinaka to Miuraguchi

Heading onwards from Totsukawa Onsen to Nishinaka by local bus, the section of the Kohechi trail to Miuraguchi offers some of the best views of the Kumano valley over the Miura-toge Pass and continues to the scenic, peaceful village of Miuraguchi or ‘Gateway to Miura’. Tonight, you will stay in an intimate Minshuku family-run guesthouse on a small farm.

Walking distance: 11km from Nishinaka to Miuraguchi
Elevation gain: 855mof ascent and 755m of descent
Time required: 5 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Hike from Miuraguchi to Nosegawa Onsen

After breakfast you will leave Miuraguchi. The trail continues north along one of the most rural and challenging hikes in the Kumano region over the Obako-toge Pass to another scenic rural village called Omata. The hot spring village of Nosegawa Onsen is your destination for tonight and is a short scenic riverside walk onwards from Omata. Your inn will arrange a pick up from Omata if you prefer not to walk the last section to Nosegawa Onsen.

Walking distance: 13.7km from Miuraguchi to Nosegawa Onsen
Elevation gain: 1,150m of ascent and 850m of descent
Time required: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Hike from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya

Leave Nosegawa Onsen this morning and begin todays hike from the boundary between Nosegawa and Koya – it is also possible to walk the full distance from Nosegawa Onsen if you prefer a longer hike with some strenuous paved sections. On the final leg of the Kohechi trail to Mount Koya there are magical valley views as you traverse the peak Mizu-ga-mine. Arriving at the mountain-top temple town at the end of the walk delivers a great sense of achievement. Spiritual Mount Koya is a fitting reward for completing the pilgrimage route.

Walking distance: 7.3km from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya (with an optional additional paved section of 9.2km)
Elevation gain: 325m of ascent and 465m of descent
Time required: 3 hours (6-7 hours including the optional additional section)
Accommodation: Shukubo (Pilgrims Lodging)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Hike on the Choishi-michi trail, then travel to Osaka or Kyoto

On your final day, you have chance to explore more of Mount Koya, visiting the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery with thousands of graves and memorials to feudal lords and other past luminaries, and other monuments. Or undertake our optional, challenging hike on the Choishi Michi trail, the atmospheric original approach to Mount Koya lined with stone markers. Finally board the scenic Nankai railway line towards Osaka and Kyoto.

Walking distance: 15.5km
Elevation gain: 1,225m of ascent; 650m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Meals: Breakfast 

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Takijiri to Takahara

Our tour includes train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or Osaka to the small town of Kii-Tanabe on the mystical Kii Peninsula, gateway to the historic Kumano Kodo Trail. The railway line runs close to the ocean for the latter part of the journey and offers stunning views. The journey from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe is around two and half hours; from Kyoto it is around three hours and usually requires a change of trains at Shin-Osaka station. Board a local bus outside Kii-Tanabe station and travel forty minutes to Takijiri. This is where your walk on the Nakahechi portion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route begins. From Takijiri the path climbs steadily to the ridge-top village of Takahara, and takes around two hours.
Stay tonight in a small, Japanese-style hotel in the tiny village of Takahara, or in a Japanese Minshuku in the nearby village of Kurisugawa. Both options serve good, home-cooked dinners featuring local seasonal ingredients. The small Japanese-style hotel in Takahara has both Japanese and Western-style rooms, all with wonderful views over the valley and mountains.

Walking distance: 4.5km
Elevation gain: 370m of ascent
Time required: About 2 hours
Accommodation: Japanese-style Hotel in Takahara, or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) in Kurisugawa

Day 2 Hike from Takahara to Chikatsuyu

After your Japanese breakfast you will leave your inn and follow the trail as it winds through small settlements and peaceful countryside. You pass several Oji shrines before finally descending to the village of Chikatsuyu. The paths are clearly defined, and flagstones have been laid in some places to make the climbs easier. Arrive in Chikatsuyu in time to relax before dinner at a family-run Minshuku guesthouse.

Walking distance: 10km
Elevation gain: 480mof ascent and 520m of descent
Time required: About 4 – 5hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Chikatsuyu and Nonaka to Hongu

From Chikatsuyu, the trail continues through the mountains to Hongu. The trail passes through small villages and forest trails over the Kii Mountains to the Kumano shrine at Hongu, one of the three ‘Grand Shrines of Kumano’. Located in the heart of these sacred mountains, Kumano was said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, the ‘other world’ where spirits travelled to in Japanese mythology. From the Kumano shrine at Hongu, a short bus ride brings you to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest natural hot spring villages in Japan, or to Kawayu Onsen famous for the thermal water bubbling to the surface of the crystal-clear river. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a Japanese bath before or after your delicious, multi-course dinner.

Walking distance: 24km
Elevation gain: 820mof ascent and 1140m of descent
Time required: About 8 – 9 hours, requiring an early start!
Note: we offer two shorter alternatives of 7 hours (15km) or of 2 hours (7km), using a local bus from Chikatsuyu to shorten the walk. You can choose which option you prefer on the day (no need to decide in advance)
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 The Akagigoe and Dainichigoe trails

Spend a leisurely second night in the picturesque hot spring village of Yunomine Onsen or Kawayu Onsen. On this extra day we offer two different optional walks on new sections of the trail, which can be combined if you wish. We also offer unique cultural experiences (for a supplement), such as walking with a Yamabushi ascetic monk, making your own traditional Japanese Washi paper or undertaking a spiritual meditation session.

Walking distance: 8.8km (plus 7km from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu)
Elevation gain: 610m of ascent and 585m of descent
Time required: 3-4 hours (plus 2 hours from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu)
Note: today’s shorter optional walk is 1.5 hours (2.8km) on the Dainichigoe trail between Yunomine Onsen and Hongu. You can walk both ways, or a take bus ride in one direction; it is also possible to combine the Dainichigoe trail with the Akagigoe trail for a satisfying full day hike.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike from Ukegawa to Koguchi

Before or after breakfast, take time to explore the atmospheric village where you spent the night. Today the journey begins with a short bus ride to Ukegawa located on the banks of the Kumano River. From Ukegawa, you start on the Kogumotorigoe path, which heads up to the Kogumotorigoe Pass before descending to the remote village of Koguchi. The trail is not difficult and today’s hike should take you about 4 hours. A warm welcome and good food await you at a tiny inn run by a charming retired couple, or alternatively at the engaging lodge created from a former school building. Explore along the river and have a swim if the weather is warm.

Walking distance: 12.4 km
Elevation gain: 520m of ascent and 500m of descent
Time required: About 4 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) or Japanese Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Hike from Koguchi to Nachi-san

Hike from Koguchi up to the Ogumotorigoe Pass with a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. The path then descends to Nachi-san, the location of Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano and Nachi-taki waterfall. Take a local bus for the 20 minute ride to the port town of Kii-Katsuura with wonderful views over the bay dotted will small islands. Enjoy your overnight stay and meals served by your hosts at your accommodation.

Walking distance: 15.1 km
Elevation gain: 980m of ascent and 920m of descent
Time required: About 6 – 7 hour
Accommodation: Japanese-style Onsen Hotel
Meals: Dinner, Breakfast

Day 7 Hike from Yagio to Totsukawa Onsen

Kii-Katsuura is an active fishing port and has a lively morning fish market. There are intriguing backstreets and a traditional covered shopping arcade to explore, too. From here, travel by bus to Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, spiritual centre of the Kii-Peninsula and the start of the Kohechi trail.

From here, travel to the Kohechi trail. Your first walk on the ancient route begins at Yagio on a wonderful forested trail over Hatenashi-toge Pass, with excellent valley views, fascinating cultural monuments (including a miniature Kannon statue pilgrimage) and picturesque villages. A brief bus ride avoids a short final stretch on a busier road at the very end of the walk. Finish the day with a relaxing thermal bath at your inn for tonight in Totsukawa Onsen.

Walking distance: 8.8km
Elevation gain: 985m of ascent and 935m of descent
Time required: About 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Dinner

Day 8 Hike from Nishinaka to Miuraguchi

Heading onwards from Totsukawa Onsen to Nishinaka by local bus, the section of the Kohechi trail to Miuraguchi offers some of the best views of the Kumano valley over the Miura-toge Pass. It then continues to the scenic, peaceful village of Miuraguchi or ‘Gateway to Miura’ where you stay tonight in an intimate Minshuku family-run guesthouse on a small farm.

Walking distance: 11km from Nishinaka to Miuraguchi
Elevation gain: 855m of ascent and 755m of descent
Time required: 5 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Hike from Miuraguchi to Nosegawa Onsen

Leave Miuraguchi after breakfast. The trail continues north along one of the most rural and challenging hikes in the Kumano region over the Obako-toge Pass to another scenic rural village called Omata. The hot spring village of Nosegawa Onsen is your destination for tonight and it is a short scenic riverside walk onwards from Omata. Your inn will arrange to pick you up from Omata if you prefer not to walk the last section to Nosegawa Onsen.

Walking distance: 13.7km from Miuraguchi to Nosegawa Onsen
Elevation gain: 1,150m of ascent and 850mof descent
Time required: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Hike from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya

Leave Nosegawa Onsen this morning and begin todays hike from the boundary between Nosegawa and Koya (it is also possible to walk the full distance from Nosegawa Onsen if you prefer a longer hike with some strenuous paved sections). On the final leg of the Kohechi trail to Mount Koya there are magical valley views as you traverse the peak Mizu-ga-mine. Arriving at the mountain-top temple town at the end of the walk delivers a great sense of achievement. Spiritual Mount Koya is a fitting reward for completing the pilgrimage route.

Walking distance: 7.3km from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya (with an optional additional paved section of 9.2km)
Elevation gain: 325m of ascent and 465m of descent
Time required: 3 hours (6-7 hours including the optional additional section)
Accommodation: Shukubo (Pilgrims Lodging)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Hike on the Choishi-michi trail, then travel to Osaka or Kyoto

On your final day, you have chance to explore more of Mount Koya, visiting the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery with thousands of graves and memorials to feudal lords and other past luminaries, and other monuments. Or undertake our optional, challenging hike on the Choishi Michi trail, the atmospheric original approach to Mount Koya lined with stone markers. Finally board the scenic Nankai railway line towards Osaka and Kyoto.

Walking distance: 15.5km
Elevation gain: 1,225m of ascent; 650m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Meals: Breakfast 

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Takijiri to Takahara

Our tour includes train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or Osaka to the small town of Kii-Tanabe on the mystical Kii Peninsula, gateway to the historic Kumano Kodo Trail. The railway line runs close to the ocean for the latter part of the journey and offers fine views out over the sea. The journey from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe is around two and half hours; from Kyoto it is around three hours and usually requires a change of trains at Shin-Osaka station. Board a local bus outside Kii-Tanabe station and travel forty minutes to Takijiri. This is where your walk on the Nakahechi portion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route begins. From Takijiri the path climbs steadily to the ridge-top village of Takahara, and takes around two hours.
Stay tonight in a small, Japanese-style hotel in the tiny village of Takahara, or in a Japanese Minshuku in the nearby village of Kurisugawa. Both options serve good, home-cooked dinners featuring local seasonal ingredients. The small Japanese-style hotel in Takahara has both Japanese and Western-style rooms, all with wonderful views over the valley and mountains.

Walking distance: 4.5km
Elevation gain: 370m of ascent
Time required: About 2 hours
Accommodation: Japanese-style Hotel in Takahara, or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) in Kurisugawa

Day 2 Hike from Takahara to Chikatsuyu

After your Japanese breakfast you leave your inn and follow the trail as it winds through small settlements and peaceful countryside. You will pass several Oji shrines before finally descending to the village of Chikatsuyu. The paths are clearly defined, and flagstones have been laid in some places to make the climbs easier. Arrive in Chikatsuyu in time to relax before dinner at a family-run Minshuku guest-house.

Walking distance: 10km
Elevation gain: 480m of ascent and 520m / 1,700 feet of descent
Time required: About 4 – 5hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Chikatsuyu to Hongu

From Chikatsuyu, the trail continues through the mountains. Board a bus in Chikatsuyu today and then walk a gentle section of the trail from Hosshinmon-oji to the Kumano shrine at Hongu, one of the three ‘Grand Shrines of Kumano’. At the heart of these sacred mountains, Kumano was said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, the ‘other world’ which spirits travelled to in Japanese mythology. From the Kumano shrine at Hongu, a short bus ride brings you to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest natural hot spring villages in Japan, or to Kawayu Onsen famous for the thermal water bubbling to the surface of the crystal-clear river. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a Japanese bath before or after your delicious, multi-course dinner.

Walking distance: 7km
Elevation gain: 120m of ascent and 360m of descent
Time required: About 2 hours
Note: if you prefer a more challenging day, we offer two longer alternatives of 7 hours (15km) or of 8-9 hours (24km), both with significant ascent and descent. You can choose which option you prefer on the day (no need to decide in advance)
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hayatama Grand Shrine and Shingu

Before or after breakfast, take time to explore the atmospheric village of Yunomine Onsen or Kawayu Onsen. Travel by bus along the picturesque valley to Shingu and visit the Kumano Hayatama Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano, fifteen minutes on foot from Shingu railway station. The tourist office is located directly in front of Shingu railway station, where the bus arrives; they can provide both maps and advice. Within the shrine precinct is a giant Nagi tree about a thousand years old. ‘Nagi dolls’ made from the seeds of this tree are believed to bring about lucky encounters with the opposite gender or a happy married life to couples. The Kamikura Shrine on Mount Gongen, further on from the Grand Shrine, is also well worth a visit. People worship a large rock as a god here and the shrine is extremely atmospheric. After visiting the sights of Shingu, use the train tickets we provide for the train journey onwards to Osaka or Kyoto. The journey takes around five hours, arriving in Osaka or Kyoto early to mid-evening.

Meals: Breakfast 

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike the Yagyu Kaido in Nara

Travel by train to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Hike the Yagyu Kaido trail from Yagyu village towards Nara, following in the footsteps of warriors who walked this route to the sword-making village of Yagyu. The full hike is a challenging 20km, but we offer a shorter 12km option from Enjo-ji Temple, too. Both hikes end with a wonderful stroll through Nara Park, with its famous deer and temples. Stay overnight at a premium Japanese inn in Nara.

Walking distance: 11.7km
Elevation gain: 240m of ascent and 535m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn) or hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike from Takijiri to Takahara

Heading onwards from Nara, the train follows the coast to the small town of Kii-Tanabe on the mystical Kii Peninsula, gateway to the historic Kumano Kodo Trail. The railway line runs close to the ocean for the latter part of the journey and offers fine views out over the sea. The journey from Nara to Kii-Tanabe is around two and half hours. From here, board a local bus outside Kii-Tanabe station and travel forty minutes to Takijiri. This is where your walk on the Nakahechi portion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route begins. From Takijiri the path climbs steadily to the ridge-top village of Takahara, and takes around two hours.
In the evening, stay at a lovely private residence nearby and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with local ingredients including the local delicacy, Kumano-gyu beef.

Walking distance: 4.5km
Elevation gain: 370m of ascent
Time required: About 2 hours
Note: a longer hike of 6 hours (14.5km) may also be possible at certain times of year.
Accommodation: Private Japanese-style house

Day 3 Hike from Chikatsuyu to Hongu

From Chikatsuyu, the trail continues through the mountains to Hongu. The trail passes through small villages and forest trails over the Kii Mountains to the Kumano shrine at Hongu, one of the three ‘Grand Shrines of Kumano’. At the heart of these sacred mountains, Kumano was said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, the ‘other world’ which spirits travelled to in Japanese mythology. From the Kumano shrine at Hongu, a short bus ride brings you to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest natural hot spring villages in Japan, or to Kawayu Onsen famous for the thermal water bubbling to the surface of the crystal-clear river. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a Japanese bath before or after your delicious, multi-course dinner.

Walking distance: 24km
Elevation gain: 820m of ascent and 1140mof descent
Time required: About 8 – 9 hours, requiring an early start!
Note: we offer two shorter alternatives of 7 hours (15km) or of 2 hours (7km), using a local bus from Chikatsuyu to shorten the walk. You can choose which option you prefer on the day (no need to decide in advance)
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hike from Koguchi to Nachi-san

The final section of the trail takes you from Koguchi up to the Ogumotorigoe Pass with a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. It then descends to Nachi-san, the location of Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano and Nachi-taki waterfall. Stay overnight either in the small village of Nachi-san close to the shrine, or take a local bus for the twenty-minute ride to the port town of Kii-Katsuura with wonderful views over the bay dotted with many small islands. Enjoy dinner and breakfast served by your hosts at your accommodation.

Walking distance: 15.1 km
Elevation gain: 980m of ascent and 920m of descent
Time required: About 6 – 7 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) or Japanese-style Onsen Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Kii-Katsuura and onwards to Osaka or Kyoto

Kii-Katsuura is an active fishing port and has a lively early-morning fish market. Enjoy the views out over the bay dotted with many small islands. There are intriguing backstreets and a traditional covered shopping arcade to explore, too. We provide train tickets for you to board a train at lunchtime, travelling back around the Kii Peninsula and arriving in Osaka or Kyoto mid to late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Yagio to Totsukawa Onsen

From Osaka or Kyoto, head south by train to Kii-Tanabe and onwards by bus to Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, spiritual centre of the Kii Peninsula and the start of the Kohechi trail. Take a short pre-booked and pre-paid taxi ride to Yagio where your walk on this ancient route begins. Follow a wonderful forested trail over Hatenashi-toge Pass with excellent valley views, fascinating cultural monuments (including a miniature Kannon statue pilgrimage) and picturesque villages. A brief bus ride avoids a short final stretch on a busier road at the very end of the walk. Finish the day with a relaxing thermal bath at your inn in Totsukawa Onsen where you will spend the night.

Walking distance: 8.8km
Elevation gain: 985m of ascent and 935m of descent
Time required: About 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike from Nishinaka to Miuraguchi

You will be heading onwards from Totsukawa Onsen to Nishinaka by local bus; the section of the Kohechi trail to Miuraguchi offers some of the best views of the Kumano valley over the Miura-toge Pass and continues to the scenic, peaceful village of Miuraguchi or ‘Gateway to Miura’. You will here tonight in an intimate Minshuku family-run guesthouse on a small farm.

Walking distance: 11km from Nishinaka to Miuraguchi
Elevation gain: 855m of ascent and 755m of descent
Time required: 5 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Miuraguchi to Nosegawa Onsen

After breakfast you will leave Miuraguchi. The trail continues north along one of the most rural and challenging hikes in the Kumano region over the Obako-toge Pass to another scenic rural village called Omata. The hot spring village of Nosegawa Onsen is your destination for tonight and it is a short scenic riverside walk onwards from Omata. Your inn will arrange to pick you up from Omata if you prefer not to walk the last section to Nosegawa Onsen.

Walking distance: 13.7km from Miuraguchi to Nosegawa Onsen
Elevation gain: 1,150m of ascent and 850mof descent
Time required: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Hike from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya

Leave Nosegawa Onsen this morning and begin todays hike from the boundary between Nosegawa and Koya (it is also possible to walk the full distance from Nosegawa Onsen if you prefer a longer hike with some strenuous paved sections). On the final leg of the Kohechi trail to Mount Koya there are magical valley views as you traverse the peak Mizu-ga-mine. Arriving at the mountain-top temple town at the end of the walk delivers a great sense of achievement. Spiritual Mount Koya is a fitting reward for completing the pilgrimage route.

Walking distance: 7.3km from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya (with an optional additional paved section of 9.2km)
Elevation gain: 325m of ascent and 465m of descent
Time required: 3 hours (6-7 hours including the optional additional section)
Accommodation: Shukubo (Pilgrims Lodging)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hike on the Choishi-michi trail, then travel to Osaka or Kyoto

On your final day, you have chance to explore more of Mount Koya, visiting the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery with thousands of graves and memorials to feudal lords and other past luminaries, and other monuments. Or undertake our optional, challenging hike on the Choishi Michi trail, the atmospheric original approach to Mount Koya lined with stone markers. Finally board the scenic Nankai railway line towards Osaka and Kyoto.

Walking distance: 15.5km
Elevation gain: 1,225m of ascent; 650m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours of optional walking
Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Takijiri to Takahara

Our tour includes train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or Osaka to the small town of Kii-Tanabe on the mystical Kii Peninsula, gateway to the historic Kumano Kodo Trail. The railway line runs close to the ocean for the latter part of the journey and offers fine views out over the sea. The journey from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe is around two and half hours; from Kyoto it is around three hours and usually requires a change of trains at Shin-Osaka station. Board a local bus outside Kii-Tanabe station and travel forty minutes to Takijiri. This is where your walk on the Nakahechi portion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route begins. From Takijiri the path climbs steadily to the ridge-top village of Takahara, and takes around two hours.
Stay tonight in a small, Japanese-style hotel in the tiny village of Takahara, or in a Japanese Minshuku in the nearby village of Kurisugawa. Both options serve good, home-cooked dinners featuring local seasonal ingredients. The small Japanese-style hotel in Takahara has both Japanese and Western-style rooms, all with wonderful views over the valley and mountains.

Walking distance: 4.5km
Elevation gain: 370m of ascent
Time required: About 2 hours
Accommodation: Japanese-style Hotel in Takahara, or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) in Kurisugawa

Day 2 Hike from Takahara to Chikatsuyu

After your Japanese breakfast you leave your inn and follow the trail as it winds through small settlements and peaceful countryside. You pass several Oji shrines before finally descending to the village of Chikatsuyu. The paths are clearly defined, and flagstones have been laid in some places to make the climbs easier. Arrive in Chikatsuyu in time to relax before dinner at a family-run Minshuku guest-house.

Walking distance: 10km
Elevation gain: 480m of ascent and 520m of descent
Time required: About 4 – 5hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Chikatsuyu and Nonaka to Hongu

From Chikatsuyu, the trail continues through the mountains to Hongu. The trail passes through small villages and forest trails over the Kii Mountains to the Kumano shrine at Hongu, one of the three ‘Grand Shrines of Kumano’. At the heart of these sacred mountains, Kumano was said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, the ‘other world’ which spirits travelled to in Japanese mythology. From the Kumano shrine at Hongu, a short bus ride brings you to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest natural hot spring villages in Japan, or to Kawayu Onsen famous for the thermal water bubbling to the surface of the crystal-clear river. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a Japanese bath before or after your delicious, multi-course dinner.

Walking distance: 24km
Elevation gain: 820m of ascent and 1140m of descent
Time required: About 8 – 9 hours, requiring an early start!
Note: we offer two shorter alternatives of 7 hours (15km) or of 2 hours (7km), using a local bus from Chikatsuyu to shorten the walk.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Further hiking along the Nakahechi trail

Take time to explore the atmospheric village where you spent the night, before undertaking one of two possible hiking options; ascend the Kogumotorigoe path towards Koguchi or undertake another section close to Hongu, with excellent valley views. The first option begins with a short bus ride to Ukegawa on the banks of the Kumano River. From Ukegawa, you start on the Kogumotorigoe path, which heads up to the Kogumotorigoe Pass before descending to the remote village of Koguchi. The trail is not difficult and should take you about 4 hours. For guests spending a second evening close to Hongu, we offer various excellent hiking options up to 6 hours, the longest of which can generally be undertaken completely on foot.

Walking distance: 12.4 km
Elevation gain: 520m of ascent and 500m of descent
Time required: About 4 hours
Note: we offer a number of alternatives from 1 up to 6 hours (13km) if staying close to Hongu.
Accommodation: Japanese Lodge or Ryokan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike from Koguchi to Nachi-san

The final section of the trail takes you from Koguchi up to the Ogumotorigoe Pass with a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. It then descends to Nachi-san, the location of Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano and Nachi-taki waterfall. Stay overnight either in the small village of Nachi-san close to the shrine, or take a local bus for the twenty-minute ride to the port town of Kii-Katsuura with wonderful views over the bay dotted with multiple islands. Enjoy dinner and breakfast served by your hosts at your accommodation.

Walking distance: 15.1 km
Elevation gain: 980m of ascent and 920m of descent
Time required: About 6 – 7 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) or Japanese-style Onsen Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Kii-Katsuura and onwards by train to Osaka or Kyoto

Kii-Katsuura is an active fishing port and has a lively early-morning fish market. Enjoy the views out over the bay dotted with multiple islands. There are intriguing backstreets and a traditional covered shopping arcade to explore, too. We provide train tickets for you to board a train at lunchtime, travelling back around the Kii Peninsula and arriving in Osaka or Kyoto mid to late afternoon.

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