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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes

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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes

297 Reviews
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Kumanokodo Walking ( Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu Taisha)
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Kumanokodo Walking ( Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu Taisha)

Walking tour with private guide .<br><br>Schedule:<br>7:50 Meet guide at Yunomine Onsen Hotel <br>8:16 Departure from Yunomine Onsen <br>8:22 Departure from Watarase Onsen<br>8:23 Departure from Kawayu Onsen <br>8:50 Arrival Hasshinmon Oji bus stop <br>~ [ Kumanokodo Walking ] <br>~ [Walking] Hashinnmon Oji - Mizunomi Oji - Fushiogami Oji <br>~ [Walking] Sangenchayayaseki - Haraido Oji - Hongu Taisha<br>12:00 Guide end service at here<br> (⇓⇓⇓next schedule will going by customer themselves⇓⇓⇓)<br>⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓<br> Customer can take bus to Kitanabe station <br> ⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓ by bus ⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓<br>12:17 Departure from Hongutaisya Mae<br>13:50 Arrival KiiTanabe Station <br> ⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓ by bullet train ⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓<br>14:45 Departure from Kiitanabe station<br>16:50 Arrival Shin-Osaka station
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Maya762015 wrote a review Jan 2020
Le Havre, France30 contributions7 helpful votes
You can park your car at the parking of Kumano slope bus station and enjoy during your way up to Kumano shrine and waterfall amazing forest with 800 years trees. You feel very small in this so beautiful nature. Take time to look at these trees who has some roots around stone, to feel the link and relation between the trees... these 300 steps between trees are much much better that parking your car at the nashi site directly. It is pure pleasure !
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Date of experience: January 2020
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jolorac wrote a review Dec 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand19 contributions5 helpful votes
We walked the Nakahechi route in early Winter as a secular hike over 6 days with a bit of help from local buses on two. As a pure walk it is slightly disappointing - extensive views are limited and much of the walking is through monocultural plantation forest (which is not explained in any of the reports or brochures I have seen) of Japanese cedars. Limited wildlife. Culturally it is superb: the Shinto and Buddhist sites are interesting at a range of scales and the accomodation we stayed at was welcoming and excellent ( but expensive). The terminal shrine(s) and surroundings at Nachi Taisha are truly outstanding. But tourists arrive the easy way by the busload so it is very crowded except late in the evening or first thing.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Simster wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore59 contributions35 helpful votes
My wife and I just completed a 6 day self-guided walking tour of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route with Walk Japan. Overall it was a mixed experience though at the end we felt a sense of achievement at having completed a relatively tough trek. Pros : 1. The route has an interesting history bound up with the Shinto and Buddhist faiths. 2. The autumn colours were beautiful 3. We got to see a more traditional and quieter side of Japan Cons : 1. Some of the accommodation was VERY basic i.e. no en-suite facilities of any kind, not even a sink in one of the inns 2. Walk Japan's routes and timing gave very little time to enjoy the scenery or explore the ancient shrines. Instead, we had to focus on reaching our objectives before nightfall 3. One of the routes had a 40 minute detour because of recent landslide damage to the path - Walk Japan mentioned this in their directions but didn't adjust the suggested route to make up for the extra time - they could have moved the starting point of the day's walk closer to the end point so that the walking time remained the same. I am happy to have completed one of the only two UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimages but I feel that Walk Japan's package has some notable flaws that detracted from the experience.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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ditchnapper wrote a review Nov 2019
Luang Prabang, Laos413 contributions185 helpful votes
We hiked the first 3 sections of the trail and had great weather, amazing views, good food and a great time.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Kirsten D wrote a review Nov 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands18 contributions9 helpful votes
It might be hard to find detailed info about the Kumano trail online. But do not let that keep you from doing this amazing trek! Walking mostly in forests and through small Japanese villages on paths that have been walked for over 1000 years, this is a true gem of Japan and will get you straight to the heart of the country! We struggled a lot with finding good advice online, but everything was sorted out beautifully at Kumano Travel. Options for storing or forwarding luggage, great expertise on how to walk and what to do and lots of tips for the hike. We felt so grateful for their help, it made our trek into a success!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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