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KUMANO KODO 3-Day Highlight: Pilgrimage Walks

KUMANO KODO 3-Day Highlight: Pilgrimage Walks


Tour Schedule


The general schedule is to arrive from the north by train to Kii­ Tanabe station.  From there, head east by public bus to the Hongu area. Follow along the Kumano-­gawa River to the coast, then finish with a visit to Katsuura, a coastal fishing port and hot spring destination.


Day 1 : Transfer to HONGU

Arrive at & Meet with local staff for a tour orientation at Kii-Tanabe station

Transfer to Kawayu Onsen by a local bus on your own

Enjoy Kawayu Onsen, a geological wonder, where you can soak in a hot spring that bubbles up in the riverbank

*** Stay at Kawayu Onsen ***

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Day 2 : KUMANO KODO WALK (Walking: 2~3 hr/~7.5 km/+190 m/­460 m)

Hike from Hosshinmon-­oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, the pinnacle of the pilgrimage.

Starting from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, the route heads southeast with a mixture of settlements and forest trails.

Visit the small village of Hongu featuring the largest Shinto Torii gateway in Japan.

Transfer to Katsuura Onsen by a bus.

Enjoy the gifts of the Pacific Ocean with a fresh seafood dinner.

*** Stay at Katsuura Onsen ***

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Day 3 : NACHI WALK & TRIP CONCLUSION (Walking: 1~2 hr/~3 km/+270 m/­105 m)

Transfer to the base of Daimon-zaka.

Work your way up to the Nachisan Shrine Temple complex.

Nachi-no-Otaki is 133 meters high and 13 meters wide - the tallest waterfall in Japan.

Return to the seaside fishing port of Katsuura by bus where the tour ends.

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  • Pricing


    FROM $1270.00 per person - Minshuku Lodging

    FROM $1990.00 per person - Ryokan Lodging

    *Based on double occupancy



    FROM $2070.00 per person - Minshuku Lodging

    FROM $2790.00 per person - Ryokan Lodging

    *Based on double occupancy

  • Dates


  • Tour Feature

    This immersive walking trip passes through remote villages in lush natural environments with rich cultural traditions over 4 days. This walking trip focuses on the central and southern portions of the Nakahechi route and the walks are based near Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha.

  • About "Kumano Kodo"


    The “abode of the gods.” The southern reaches of Japan’s rugged Kii Peninsula is known as Kumano and has been a sacred site of nature worship since prehistoric times. Indigenous beliefs merged with Buddhism in the 6th century, creating a unique spiritual landscape which led to the formation of a diversity of sacred sites. These are linked by a network of pilgrimage routes now known as the Kumano Kodo.



    One of the three grand shrines of Kumano, the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is also the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan.



    The object of worship is a mystical cascade off a steep cliff surrounded by primeval forests. The Nachisan Shrine ­Temple complex has panoramic vistas across the valley to the falls. Nachisan is a wonderful example of the combination of Shinto and Buddhist faith.

  • Inclusions

    ・Accommodations (Room & Tax for 2 nights)

    ・Meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)

    ・Daily luggage shuttles from Kii Tanabe station and between accommodations

    ・Onsite tour orientation at Kii Tanabe.

    ・Transportation during trip with bus pass

    ・Trip Resources: Daily Trip Notes, Guide Book, Map Booklet, and Dual Pilgrim Passport

  • Exclusions

    ・Transportation to tour pick-up location

    ・Trip Insurance

    ・Personal Expenses such as buying souvenirs


  • Cancellation Policy


    Time of Cancellation

    Cancellation Charges

    No show/Cancellation after the tour has left

    The day of the tour (before start time)


    3 days to 1 day before the tour 


    10 days to 4 days  before the tour


    25 days to 11 days before the day of the tour


  • Important Notes (Remarks)

    *The fare shown is per person based on double occupancy

    *Single supplement is an additional cost : Please contact us.

    *Extra night stay : Please contact us.

    *Weekend charge may apply for Fri, Sat and Sunday departure.

    *Price is based on low season and seasonal charges may apply.

    * Applications are accepted up to 25 days prior to departure.

    * All participants must meet at our office in front of Kii Tanabe Station for orientation prior to departure.

    * If you have any allergies, please let us know at least 1 week  prior to departure.

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