OVERVIEW

Kumano’s sacred mountains have been a major pilgrimage destination for the imperial and aristocratic families since 794AD. The 1200-year-old Kumano Kodo walk traverses mountains, forest, through villages and to fabulous ancient temples and waterfalls. A pilgrimage to purify mind, soul and spirit and in its current format is bound to leave you with a real sense of improved wellbeing.

Walk the Kumano Kodo, one of two UNESCO’s world heritage listed walks, and then at night soak in an onsen while staying in traditional Japanese accommodation, savouring elaborate traditional Japanese multi-course dinners and breakfasts.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE KUMANO KODO NAKAHECHI:

  • An ancient hike through Buddhist and Shinto history together with an immersive backcountry Japanese cultural experience away from the ultra-hyper modern city.
  • Walk toward becoming a dual pilgrim by walking the Kumano Kodo (the other world heritage listed walk is the Camino de Santiago)
  • Each day enjoy authentic Japanese meals served in elegant tatami mat settings, staying in small traditional Japanese Ryokans or Minshukus, plus walkers lunches.
  • Local support on the ground for your safety
  • Walk pack free on well-graded trails, with wondrous views, through old forest and bathe in onsens each day. We can vary the lengths of walks on the Kumano Kodo most days.  We can also remove the rest day if you wish.
  • See the Grand Shrines at Hongu and Nachi-san, along with Nachi-taki waterfall
  • Walk with a company that has nearly 30 years of experience providing self-guided walks and are hands-on. We’ve taken the time to walk the Kumano Kodo trails multiple times to ensure we deliver the best possible experience.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 or 7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1985

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 375

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
Kii-Tanabe

Travel by train to the small coastal village of Kii-Tanabe, the gateway to the Kumano Kodo via the picturesque coastline from Osaka or Kyoto. Please ask us for our transport information summary document if you need it.

Kii Tanabe is a small Japanese town that is not populated by tourists. The town is on the ocean and serves the local area. There is an opportunity to explore the town, 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.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuku in Tanabe
Meals: None

DAY 2
Takijiri-oji to Chikatsuyu

The walk on the Nakahechi route begins with a significant climb passing through 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 back to the 8th century. There are wonderful views as you skirt across the face of the mountain before the trail winds its’ way back into the forest. This is the first real sense of walking through the distinctive Japanese forest canopy on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuku in Chikatsuyu
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate /14 kms / 5 to 6.5 hrs
Elevation: +630 / -610

DAY 3
Chikatsuyu to Hongu Taisha

It’s an early start today for this is the biggest day of the pilgrimage. We hike ancient mountain trails to Hongu Taisha, one of the three main shrines of the Kumano Kodo.  This 24km hike can be modified to 16km or 8km depending on how you’re feeling. You’ll hike the sacred Kii Mountains, said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, in mythological terms the Shinto underworld. Pass through small villages, thick green forest and aside cascading streams. Pass shrine after shrine, eventually arriving at Hongu Taisha where you can explore the massive temple. Before dinner take a dip in either your accommodation’s onsen or one of the many ancient public onsens that dot the area. Dress in your Yakata (best described as a formal Japanese bathrobe ) that’s provided at each of the accommodations and enjoy a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuka  in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Challenging / 24 kms (or 16 kms or 8 kms) / 8.5-9.5 hrs
Elevation: +1130 / -980

DAY 4
Optional rest day and time to relax and explore or undertake additional walks

We have recommended a rest day in Hongu because of the locations’ natural beauty and its’ significance, but also because there’s so much to do.  However, we can remove this day if you are in a hurry.

There’s the option to spend extra time at Hongu Taisha and the cultural centre (you may have been rushed yesterday)  or simply just relax and take a dip in a 1200-year-old onsen in the river. Take a boat ride on the Kumano River to Shingu or the Jet Boat through Dorokyo Gorge. Explore the area on a bike, sit in a cafe and savour a good coffee or immerse yourself in one of the many unique Japanese activities that are available.

We’ve also walked and constructed notes for the tracks around Hongu. Namely the Dainichi-goe path that connects Hongu to Yunomine Onsen or the last day of the Kumano Kodo Kohechi route that connects Totsukawa Onsen via Yakio to Hongu.

Accommodation: Family run Ryokan, Hotel or Minshuka in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals:
Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Optional

DAY 5
Ukegawa to Koguchi (Day 4 of 6 Day walk)

The Nakahechi continues on the Kogumotori-goe path, one of the best walks the region has to offer. Starting alongside the Kumano river the walk ventures up the mountain through forest and back down again to the small village of Koguchi. Highlights include views from Nyatten -gura over the 3600 peaks of Kumano. Today’s walk is the shortest of the itinerary allowing time for a lazy day by the river, more onsen bathing or further exploration of the area.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuka in Koguchi
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Easy to moderate / 12.8 kms / 4.5-5.5 hrs
Elevation: +670 / -690m

DAY 6
Koguchi to Nachi-san (Day 5 of 6 Day walk)

The start of today’s walk is as challenging as you can get, but it’s our favourite on the Nakahechi, so you’re in for a real treat.  There’s a fair bit of elevation and walking up, but the views out over the Pacific and the glimpses of mountains as you traverse through the forest makes it all worth the effort. The highlight though is the walk into Nachi-San Taisha over the ancient Ogumotori-goe path travelled by thousands of pilgrims and then walking into the magnificent shrine. The panoramic scene of the superb orange Seiganto-ji Temple against the backdrop of the sacred Nachi waterfall, the biggest in Japan is certainly one of the most beautiful spectacles in all of Japan.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuka in Nachi-san or Nachi-Katsuura
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 15.5 kms / 5.5-7 hrs
Elevation: +1260 / -930m

DAY 7
Onward to your next destination (Day 6 of 6 Day walk)

After your last traditional Japanese breakfast farewell the walk by exploring the temple complex further and or make your way onwards to Osaka, Kyoto or a destination of your choice. There are many options to further explore in Wakayama. Stay in a beautiful seaside village like Shirahama along the Shihara coast. The Doro-kyo Gorge boat trip from Shingu is much heralded, or visit Koyasan the spiritual capital of Japan. If you want even more of a laid back experience, then the Yuasa or Hidaka areas haven’t changed much for 100’s of years and are a good place to head.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the entire Kumano Kodo Nakahechi from end to end via magnificent shrines ending at the glorious Nachi waterfall and temple complex
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 5 or 6 nights stay in an intimate family run or smallish traditional Japanese lodgings with in-house onsens
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day on the walk. Plus 4 walkers lunches
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking or slow the trip down by adding more rest days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s authored comprehensive track notes and  maps
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Each night you will be staying in a lovely Ryokan or Minshuku.

Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses that come in a variety of styles, from traditional wooden structures to more of a modern hybrid hotel.

Ryokans have Japanese style rooms with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. Few Ryokan Hotels have rooms with actual beds. The rooms may or may not have ensuites, but prepared for a little luxury when it comes to the heated toilet seats. The bathing area is often the pride of the Ryokan, especially when they’re located in an onsen area. These are usually communal and separated by the 2 genders.

Meals are elaborate affairs from a western point of view served in a traditional dining area. A traditional Kaiseki set meal is what is usually offered. Sometimes there is the option of a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

A Minshuka is a family-run accommodation that are often found in rural Japan. There is a fine line between a Minshuku and some smaller Ryokans, making it hard to distinguish between the two. Most minshukus are very small with only a few Japanese style rooms a bit like a Bed and Breakfast Japanese style. Staying at a Minshuku has its’ advantages as it is a good chance to meet the local people and get right up close to the Japanese culture.  The atmosphere is often like that of a home with traditional meals served much like at a Ryokan but with even more intimacy. Be prepared as baths and toilets are often shared.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available all year round, but you may encounter some snow from December to February. Many people prefer to walk in spring to see the cherry blossoms and in autumn because of the change of seasons and the good weather.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you will have to catch at least 3 buses; most of the rides are very short.  These cannot be pre-booked and are by far the best way to get around the mountains. These bus fares are at your own cost.

ACCESS

Travelling to the start of the walk

The walk starts in Kii Tanabe and ends with a stay in Nachi-san or Kii-Katsuura. You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Kii Tanabe. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel. Travelling in Japan on trains is a seamless experience, and it is not necessary to always pre-purchase tickets. There’s plenty of Rail staff that speak English well enough to direct you the right way and to converse with you about how to buy your ticket.

By plane (and rail): The easiest option is to fly into Osaka and then catch the train to Kii Tanabe. Many airlines that fly to Osaka, below are possible websites that provide several different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

By rail: Japan has one of the best train systems in the world, so it’s very easy to catch a train to any destination in the country. We can provide more comprehensive information if you wish, so please ask one of our destination consultants.

Hyperdia is a great website resource to figure out when and where your train departs. It might be best to buy your train ticket on the JR train network when you first arrive in Japan so you can relax. However, the trains run often and are so efficient that you shouldn’t have any trouble just arriving 15 minutes beforehand and buying a ticket. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs about $40.

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Kii-Katsuura back to Osaka takes about 4 hours and costs about $50

By plane: See above

WALKING

The walk is moderate to challenging with some long days if you wish. Full day walks average about 17 km with 5 –9 hours walking each day; however, they can be as long as 24kms (you can shorten most days). The walking is over well-maintained paths but expect each day to start with some reasonable elevation gains. All good though as the tracks do flatten out.

This historic route has stacks of small temples (Oji)  and statues to admire along the way. For much of the time, you are walking under forest canopy which makes for mild conditions other than the height of summer.

For what to bring, please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature begins to increase. In summer it’s quite warm and humid but still good for walking,  particularly if you enjoy warmer temperatures and taking a dip in a stream.

The walk is offered in winter but bring some warm clothes and good rain gear.  The area is just as beautiful if not more and is not busy at all. Soaking in outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those real authentic Japanese experiences that you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

As walkers, we believe spring and autumn to be the best time as the weather is perfect for walking.

See the weather information about Osaka’s average weather at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants, or if you have specific track related questions ask Magnus, Brett or Tash who have all walked the Kumano Kodo. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1985

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $375

    6 Day

  • 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $440

    7 Day

  • 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2085

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395

    6 Day

  • 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460

    7 Day

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Kumano’s sacred mountains have been a major pilgrimage destination for the imperial and aristocratic families since 794AD. The 1200-year-old Kumano Kodo walk traverses mountains, forest, through villages and to fabulous ancient temples and waterfalls. A pilgrimage to purify mind, soul and spirit and in its current format is bound to leave you with a real sense of improved wellbeing.

Walk the Kumano Kodo, one of two UNESCO’s world heritage listed walks, and then at night soak in an onsen while staying in traditional Japanese accommodation, savouring elaborate traditional Japanese multi-course dinners and breakfasts.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE KUMANO KODO NAKAHECHI:

  • An ancient hike through Buddhist and Shinto history together with an immersive backcountry Japanese cultural experience away from the ultra-hyper modern city.
  • Walk toward becoming a dual pilgrim by walking the Kumano Kodo (the other world heritage listed walk is the Camino de Santiago)
  • Each day enjoy authentic Japanese meals served in elegant tatami mat settings, staying in small traditional Japanese Ryokans or Minshukus, plus walkers lunches.
  • Local support on the ground for your safety
  • Walk pack free on well-graded trails, with wondrous views, through old forest and bathe in onsens each day. We can vary the lengths of walks on the Kumano Kodo most days.  We can also remove the rest day if you wish.
  • See the Grand Shrines at Hongu and Nachi-san, along with Nachi-taki waterfall
  • Walk with a company that has nearly 30 years of experience providing self-guided walks and are hands-on. We’ve taken the time to walk the Kumano Kodo trails multiple times to ensure we deliver the best possible experience.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 or 7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1985

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 375

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
Kii-Tanabe

Travel by train to the small coastal village of Kii-Tanabe, the gateway to the Kumano Kodo via the picturesque coastline from Osaka or Kyoto. Please ask us for our transport information summary document if you need it.

Kii Tanabe is a small Japanese town that is not populated by tourists. The town is on the ocean and serves the local area. There is an opportunity to explore the town, 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.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuku in Tanabe
Meals: None

DAY 2
Takijiri-oji to Chikatsuyu

The walk on the Nakahechi route begins with a significant climb passing through 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 back to the 8th century. There are wonderful views as you skirt across the face of the mountain before the trail winds its’ way back into the forest. This is the first real sense of walking through the distinctive Japanese forest canopy on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuku in Chikatsuyu
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate /14 kms / 5 to 6.5 hrs
Elevation: +630 / -610

DAY 3
Chikatsuyu to Hongu Taisha

It’s an early start today for this is the biggest day of the pilgrimage. We hike ancient mountain trails to Hongu Taisha, one of the three main shrines of the Kumano Kodo.  This 24km hike can be modified to 16km or 8km depending on how you’re feeling. You’ll hike the sacred Kii Mountains, said to be the entrance to the land of Yomi, in mythological terms the Shinto underworld. Pass through small villages, thick green forest and aside cascading streams. Pass shrine after shrine, eventually arriving at Hongu Taisha where you can explore the massive temple. Before dinner take a dip in either your accommodation’s onsen or one of the many ancient public onsens that dot the area. Dress in your Yakata (best described as a formal Japanese bathrobe ) that’s provided at each of the accommodations and enjoy a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuka  in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Challenging / 24 kms (or 16 kms or 8 kms) / 8.5-9.5 hrs
Elevation: +1130 / -980

DAY 4
Optional rest day and time to relax and explore or undertake additional walks

We have recommended a rest day in Hongu because of the locations’ natural beauty and its’ significance, but also because there’s so much to do.  However, we can remove this day if you are in a hurry.

There’s the option to spend extra time at Hongu Taisha and the cultural centre (you may have been rushed yesterday)  or simply just relax and take a dip in a 1200-year-old onsen in the river. Take a boat ride on the Kumano River to Shingu or the Jet Boat through Dorokyo Gorge. Explore the area on a bike, sit in a cafe and savour a good coffee or immerse yourself in one of the many unique Japanese activities that are available.

We’ve also walked and constructed notes for the tracks around Hongu. Namely the Dainichi-goe path that connects Hongu to Yunomine Onsen or the last day of the Kumano Kodo Kohechi route that connects Totsukawa Onsen via Yakio to Hongu.

Accommodation: Family run Ryokan, Hotel or Minshuka in either Kawayu, Wataze or Yunomine Onsens
Meals:
Breakfast and dinner
Walking: Optional

DAY 5
Ukegawa to Koguchi (Day 4 of 6 Day walk)

The Nakahechi continues on the Kogumotori-goe path, one of the best walks the region has to offer. Starting alongside the Kumano river the walk ventures up the mountain through forest and back down again to the small village of Koguchi. Highlights include views from Nyatten -gura over the 3600 peaks of Kumano. Today’s walk is the shortest of the itinerary allowing time for a lazy day by the river, more onsen bathing or further exploration of the area.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuka in Koguchi
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Easy to moderate / 12.8 kms / 4.5-5.5 hrs
Elevation: +670 / -690m

DAY 6
Koguchi to Nachi-san (Day 5 of 6 Day walk)

The start of today’s walk is as challenging as you can get, but it’s our favourite on the Nakahechi, so you’re in for a real treat.  There’s a fair bit of elevation and walking up, but the views out over the Pacific and the glimpses of mountains as you traverse through the forest makes it all worth the effort. The highlight though is the walk into Nachi-San Taisha over the ancient Ogumotori-goe path travelled by thousands of pilgrims and then walking into the magnificent shrine. The panoramic scene of the superb orange Seiganto-ji Temple against the backdrop of the sacred Nachi waterfall, the biggest in Japan is certainly one of the most beautiful spectacles in all of Japan.

Accommodation: Small family run Ryokan or Minshuka in Nachi-san or Nachi-Katsuura
Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 15.5 kms / 5.5-7 hrs
Elevation: +1260 / -930m

DAY 7
Onward to your next destination (Day 6 of 6 Day walk)

After your last traditional Japanese breakfast farewell the walk by exploring the temple complex further and or make your way onwards to Osaka, Kyoto or a destination of your choice. There are many options to further explore in Wakayama. Stay in a beautiful seaside village like Shirahama along the Shihara coast. The Doro-kyo Gorge boat trip from Shingu is much heralded, or visit Koyasan the spiritual capital of Japan. If you want even more of a laid back experience, then the Yuasa or Hidaka areas haven’t changed much for 100’s of years and are a good place to head.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the entire Kumano Kodo Nakahechi from end to end via magnificent shrines ending at the glorious Nachi waterfall and temple complex
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 5 or 6 nights stay in an intimate family run or smallish traditional Japanese lodgings with in-house onsens
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day on the walk. Plus 4 walkers lunches
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking or slow the trip down by adding more rest days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s authored comprehensive track notes and  maps
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Each night you will be staying in a lovely Ryokan or Minshuku.

Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses that come in a variety of styles, from traditional wooden structures to more of a modern hybrid hotel.

Ryokans have Japanese style rooms with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. Few Ryokan Hotels have rooms with actual beds. The rooms may or may not have ensuites, but prepared for a little luxury when it comes to the heated toilet seats. The bathing area is often the pride of the Ryokan, especially when they’re located in an onsen area. These are usually communal and separated by the 2 genders.

Meals are elaborate affairs from a western point of view served in a traditional dining area. A traditional Kaiseki set meal is what is usually offered. Sometimes there is the option of a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

A Minshuka is a family-run accommodation that are often found in rural Japan. There is a fine line between a Minshuku and some smaller Ryokans, making it hard to distinguish between the two. Most minshukus are very small with only a few Japanese style rooms a bit like a Bed and Breakfast Japanese style. Staying at a Minshuku has its’ advantages as it is a good chance to meet the local people and get right up close to the Japanese culture.  The atmosphere is often like that of a home with traditional meals served much like at a Ryokan but with even more intimacy. Be prepared as baths and toilets are often shared.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available all year round, but you may encounter some snow from December to February. Many people prefer to walk in spring to see the cherry blossoms and in autumn because of the change of seasons and the good weather.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you will have to catch at least 3 buses; most of the rides are very short.  These cannot be pre-booked and are by far the best way to get around the mountains. These bus fares are at your own cost.

ACCESS

Travelling to the start of the walk

The walk starts in Kii Tanabe and ends with a stay in Nachi-san or Kii-Katsuura. You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Kii Tanabe. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel. Travelling in Japan on trains is a seamless experience, and it is not necessary to always pre-purchase tickets. There’s plenty of Rail staff that speak English well enough to direct you the right way and to converse with you about how to buy your ticket.

By plane (and rail): The easiest option is to fly into Osaka and then catch the train to Kii Tanabe. Many airlines that fly to Osaka, below are possible websites that provide several different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

By rail: Japan has one of the best train systems in the world, so it’s very easy to catch a train to any destination in the country. We can provide more comprehensive information if you wish, so please ask one of our destination consultants.

Hyperdia is a great website resource to figure out when and where your train departs. It might be best to buy your train ticket on the JR train network when you first arrive in Japan so you can relax. However, the trains run often and are so efficient that you shouldn’t have any trouble just arriving 15 minutes beforehand and buying a ticket. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs about $40.

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Kii-Katsuura back to Osaka takes about 4 hours and costs about $50

By plane: See above

WALKING

The walk is moderate to challenging with some long days if you wish. Full day walks average about 17 km with 5 –9 hours walking each day; however, they can be as long as 24kms (you can shorten most days). The walking is over well-maintained paths but expect each day to start with some reasonable elevation gains. All good though as the tracks do flatten out.

This historic route has stacks of small temples (Oji)  and statues to admire along the way. For much of the time, you are walking under forest canopy which makes for mild conditions other than the height of summer.

For what to bring, please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature begins to increase. In summer it’s quite warm and humid but still good for walking,  particularly if you enjoy warmer temperatures and taking a dip in a stream.

The walk is offered in winter but bring some warm clothes and good rain gear.  The area is just as beautiful if not more and is not busy at all. Soaking in outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those real authentic Japanese experiences that you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

As walkers, we believe spring and autumn to be the best time as the weather is perfect for walking.

See the weather information about Osaka’s average weather at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants, or if you have specific track related questions ask Magnus, Brett or Tash who have all walked the Kumano Kodo. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
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    $1985

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $375
  • 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
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    $2195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $440
  • 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
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    $2085

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
    AVAILABLE
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    $2295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
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