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Address: Nakahechicho / Hongucho /Nachikatsuuracho, 646-0000
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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including...

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Hongu Loop: easy but long hike, with varied sights along the way

We didn't have a lot of time left in our Japan travels so we did the one day hike: the Hongu Loop. Starting in Yunomine Onsen, we walked up a hill and through a forest, spotting a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't have a lot of time left in our Japan travels so we did the one day hike: the Hongu Loop. Starting in Yunomine Onsen, we walked up a hill and through a forest, spotting a huge toad, forest crabs and Japanese macaques on the way. Our trip also took us through a temple area and some farmland with... More 

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Bilambil Heights, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

We researched this online , and trained for the walk, but were nevertheless surprised at the difficulty of some sections of the walk from Takajira to Hongu Taisha. Make sure you keep to the Kumono Kodo path at road crossings, it is very well posted ( we took a wrong turn , as did some other travellers we talked to... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

It's a tough trail, if you do it alone. Not because it's spooky and there are wild animals around, but if something happens, you are very far away from getting any help. On some parts of it I would not meet a single soul for hours. I went upwards, from Kii Tanabe to Hongu Taisha(bus), then started the Kohecshi trail... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I had never heard of the Kumano Kodo, but I knew I would be in Osaka for a business trip and was looking for a bit of a walking holiday after. Once I did my research, I planned the trip myself and booked accommodation to see me through: a stay in Kii-Tanabe so I could start the walk early the... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

This was on my bucket list to do before I left Japan. Start early, depending on your speed and also check out the elevations too to estimate how long you need. Don't expect it to be easy, but it's an amazing and refreshing experience.

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Duffel, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

An different kind of Japan, the trails were better than those of the alps. Start early so you can see the Sunrise in the forest when it's still covered in the fog. Enjoy the silence and just be away from the crowd and relax in the forest and mountains. Yep, this part of Japan gave us an unexpected feeling. Don't... More 

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

4 hours train from the bustle of Osaka and you'll find yourself at Tanabe where the Kumano Kodo starts. A good Visitor Information Centre at the train station will help you plan your trip The well marked track (in English and Japanese) takes 4-5 days through the mountains passing shrines and oji statues. Pays to book ahead as accommodation can... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

By chance I came across a travel guide for Kumano-Kodo at Tsumugiya Guest House in Ise ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303159-d8475414-Reviews-Guest_House_Tsumugiya-Ise_Mie_Prefecture_Kinki.html ) and decided on a whim to go for it. With the JR train you easily reach the different towns dotted along the trail. It was so worth it! A magical hike through nature. I definitely want to return for more.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We spent 3 days / 2 nights to walk from the west coast to the east coast. We hired a "porter" to help carry the stuff we wouldn't need on the hike - he delivered it to our hotel - so that made the hike easier. Beautiful trail, well-marked. Would love to walk it again.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Kumano Kodo is registered a UNESCO world heritage site. With my 70 years old mom, we just visited the first stop at the East by car. We went by car and stopped at Daimon-zaka Parking. We went for 500 meters walk with the tall cedar tree. Then we got back the car and traveled to the next stop Nachi-Waterfall. We... More 

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