There is an opportunity to explore Kii Tanabe, its many small shrines, the beach and ample time to ready yourself for the upcoming walk, including a briefing session with our local Kumano Kodo expert.
Today’s walk starts around midday with a small transfer up the road to the trailhead at Takijiri-oji (Oji is a small shrine).
The walk on the Nakahechi route begins with a significant climb to Takahara, a small village perched on the side of a mountain. The Nakahechi is the imperial route once used by Japanese royalty, walked for generations from roughly the 8th century.
There are nice views out to the left over the valley, and our first encounter with the beauty of the Kumano Kodo walk.
Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuku in Takahara
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate /4 km / 2 to 3 hrs
Elevation: +300 / -120