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. We can remove the rest day if you wish.
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. 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