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Kumano Kodo

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Address: Nakahechicho / Hongucho /Nachikatsuuracho, 646-0000
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The Great Kumano Kodo Walk

The ‘Kumano Kodo’ offers some great walking experiences, but is a very fragmented offering with no one iconic declared route to rival the English Coast-to-Coast or Scotland’s West... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The ‘Kumano Kodo’ offers some great walking experiences, but is a very fragmented offering with no one iconic declared route to rival the English Coast-to-Coast or Scotland’s West Highland Way/Great Glen Way. Maps are somewhat confusing and not clearly linked. Kumano Travel has done a good job on the southern routes and with accommodation bookings. Some of the global walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

This was an amazing walk. The trail was challenging, the scenery beautiful and we learned so much about about the culture, spiritual beliefs and the history of the region. We booked through Kumano Travel and they were very helpful. They can book as much or as little as you want - accommodation, luggage transfer and guides and their information on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We did 3 days on the Nakechi Route, all booked through Tanabe City Tourism, very helpful people. Only saw 3 other people on the trail in the 3 days we walked, winter might have something to do with it. We were 3 adults and a 12 year old, and the walking was not difficult at all. We chose day walks... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I went for a 3 days trek at this amazing trail. Booked my stay via Kumano Travel and they are really helpful on all my enquirers. We start from Kyoto travel all the way down to Tanabe, then started our trek at Takijiri and had my 1st night at Takahara. The next morning, we were welcomed by the sea cloud... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beautiful trek in the mountains of Kai peninsula. The main trail starts close to Tanabe, goes to temple Hongu Taisha and Nachi waterfall and temple. The trail has an average of 15-20km per day in the mountains, which is tough enough, but fine for fit hikers. As you walk in the forest views are limited to couple of view points.... More 

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Sancreed
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is an amazing trail, almost all of it very secluded and thru woodland. Plenty of up and down to work the lungs. Could be quite tricky in the wet, I suspect. Due to the fact that it is almost all in forest, very limited views.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We explored Kumano Kodo in early April 2014 and it was an amazing experience which took 5 days. Early in the morning on Day 1 we took the train from Kyoto to Takijiri-oji and then hiked for 5 hours to Chikatsuyu-oji (small and rather unremarkable rural town in the middle of nowhere) where we spent the night in a guesthouse.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Really wonderful place, there are several shrines and temples. A 5 storey pagoda and a very picturesque waterfall. You will need to be quite fut to attempt the hike and note that there are a lot of steps. There are walking sticks available on free loan for the less agile. Lots of toilets around, vending machines and some shops. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a truly spectacular pilgrimage route. Probably the best way to access it is by bus from Kii-Tanabe (please note there are only 6 busses per day, the first one leaving at 6.24 and the last one at 16.25). You get off at Yunomine onsen and walk a 3.5 km route through a forest, starting almost right behind the... More 

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Oakland, California
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Kumano Kodo is a beautiful area... I hiked the Nakahechi trail from Takajiri to Hongu which takes 2 days. It's not an easy trail, there's lots of ups and downs. I wish the ups would have led to some nice vantage points, but there weren't really any good viewpoints at the higher peaks, which is a shame. Mostly you're just... More 

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