• GROUP-GUIDED
  • 7 DAYS
  • Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM £ 1,980 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 195 per person

OVERVIEW

Be guided over Kumano's sacred mountains over 7 days from Tanabe to Nachisan. This walk has been a major pilgrimage destination for imperial and aristocratic families since 794AD. The 1200-year-old Kumano Kodo walk traverses mountains and forests, through villages and to fabulous ancient temples and waterfalls. A pilgrimage to purify mind, soul and spirit is bound to leave you with a real sense of improved well-being.

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

Please note: we're in the process of confirming departure dates for 2025. If you'd like us to notify you when these have been established just email us at info@auswalk.com.au detailing your interest and we'll get in touch soon.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk toward becoming a dual pilgrim by walking the Kumano Kodo (the other world heritage listed walk is the Camino de Santiago)
  • Relax and enjoy having a guide to show you the way and share in-depth knowledge of the Kumano Kodo and the region
  • Marvel at the Grand Shrines at Hongu and Nachi-san, along with the stunning Nachi-taki waterfall
  • Each day enjoy authentic Japanese meals served in elegant tatami mat settings, staying in small traditional Japanese Ryokans or Minshukus, plus walkers lunches
  • Walk with a light pack on well-graded trails, with wondrous views, through old forest and bathe in onsens

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM
£ 1980 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 195 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Relax and enjoy being fully supported on our guided walk on the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi end to end
  • Hike via magnificent shrines ending at the glorious Nachi waterfall and temple complex
  • Walk with a light pack only with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 6-nights accommodation in both Western style hotels and traditional Japanese lodgings some with in-house onsens
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day on the walk. Plus 4 walkers lunches
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with our guide leading the way and 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

Each night you will be staying in a Western style hotel, or a lovely Ryokan or Minshuku.

Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses that come in various 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 be 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 two genders.

Meals are one of the highlights of this guided walk. They 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.

Please note: the accommodation on this group guided trip is unable to cater for dairy free, vegan or gluten free diets, or those unable to eat fish stock.  More options are available at accommodation on our self guided trips.

GENERAL INFO

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you may have to catch a few buses with your guide and on your rest day; most of the rides are very short.  This is by far the most eco-friendly and also the best way to get around the mountains.  Do make sure you take sufficient change.

HOW TO GET START AND FROM END OF WALK

Travelling to the Start of the walk

This walk starts in Tanabe and ends in Nachi-san or Nachi-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 in Tanabe on the first day and then onwards from your last accommodation on the last day). This is not difficult and to make it easy, we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By Air: The best option is to fly into Osaka and take the train from there. You can take the train direct from Osaka Kansai Airport to Kii-Tanabe (train station).  Take a local train from Osaka city for a few stops and then hop on the Kii Peninsula JR West train. The train station is at the airport, and there are English-speaking staff at the ticket office. You might consider spending some time in Osaka or Kyoto. Osaka is a very interesting city and has many beautiful temples and of course Osaka Castle. In spring, it is particularly beautiful. It also has a sophisticated restaurant culture and markets that seem to go on for kilometres, literally. Kyoto is stunning and if you haven’t visited it before then we highly recommend spending some time there.

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. An express train is the fastest way to travel to the area. 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. We can provide more 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 20 minutes beforehand and buying a ticket. JR passes can be a convenient and reasonable way to get around the area. There are two regional JR passes that cover the Kii Peninsula: Kansai WIDE Area Pass and Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass.

The journey from Osaka to Tanabe takes about 1 – 2 hours. You can take the train direct from Osaka Kansai Airport to Kii-Tanabe (train station).  Take a local train to Hineno station then hop on the Kii Peninsula JR West train. The train station is at the airport, and there are English-speaking staff at the ticket office.

If you stay in Osaka, then you’ll need to catch the Subway (Osaka Metro Midosuji) to Tennoji station. The tickets can be purchased locally. From Tennoji, it’s a JR train service to Kii-Tanabe bound for Shirahama.

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Katsuura (Kii- Katsuura train station is a short distance from Nachisan) back to Osaka takes about 4 hours. You can also choose to go to Tokyo or anywhere else for that matter, in Japan. However, you most likely will need to travel through a major city to get there.

By Air: See above

WALKING

This 61km walk is moderate to challenging. Walks average about 17 km with 5 –9 hours of walking each day, with the longest being 24 km. The walking is over well-maintained paths, but expect each day to start with moderate elevation gains.  We recommend training and having a good level of fitness to complete this walk comfortably. 

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

Please refer to Gear Advice in our FAQ section for what to bring.

WEATHER

As walkers, we believe any time is good for walking, but spring and autumn are the most popular as the weather is ‘perfect’ for walking.

Soaking in an outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those authentic Japanese experiences you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

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

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

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

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 30 Mar 2024
    FULL

    from £ 1980

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
  • 20 Apr 2024
    FULL

    from £ 1980

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
  • 12 Oct 2024
    FULL

    from £ 1980

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
  • 26 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1980

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195

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Overview

Be guided over Kumano's sacred mountains over 7 days from Tanabe to Nachisan. This walk has been a major pilgrimage destination for imperial and aristocratic families since 794AD. The 1200-year-old Kumano Kodo walk traverses mountains and forests, through villages and to fabulous ancient temples and waterfalls. A pilgrimage to purify mind, soul and spirit is bound to leave you with a real sense of improved well-being.

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

Please note: we're in the process of confirming departure dates for 2025. If you'd like us to notify you when these have been established just email us at info@auswalk.com.au detailing your interest and we'll get in touch soon.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk toward becoming a dual pilgrim by walking the Kumano Kodo (the other world heritage listed walk is the Camino de Santiago)
  • Relax and enjoy having a guide to show you the way and share in-depth knowledge of the Kumano Kodo and the region
  • Marvel at the Grand Shrines at Hongu and Nachi-san, along with the stunning Nachi-taki waterfall
  • Each day enjoy authentic Japanese meals served in elegant tatami mat settings, staying in small traditional Japanese Ryokans or Minshukus, plus walkers lunches
  • Walk with a light pack on well-graded trails, with wondrous views, through old forest and bathe in onsens
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • Relax and enjoy being fully supported on our guided walk on the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi end to end
  • Hike via magnificent shrines ending at the glorious Nachi waterfall and temple complex
  • Walk with a light pack only with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 6-nights accommodation in both Western style hotels and traditional Japanese lodgings some with in-house onsens
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day on the walk. Plus 4 walkers lunches
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with our guide leading the way and 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

Each night you will be staying in a Western style hotel, or a lovely Ryokan or Minshuku.

Ryokans are Japanese guesthouses that come in various 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 be 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 two genders.

Meals are one of the highlights of this guided walk. They 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.

Please note: the accommodation on this group guided trip is unable to cater for dairy free, vegan or gluten free diets, or those unable to eat fish stock.  More options are available at accommodation on our self guided trips.

General Info

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you may have to catch a few buses with your guide and on your rest day; most of the rides are very short.  This is by far the most eco-friendly and also the best way to get around the mountains.  Do make sure you take sufficient change.

HOW TO GET START AND FROM END OF WALK

Travelling to the Start of the walk

This walk starts in Tanabe and ends in Nachi-san or Nachi-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 in Tanabe on the first day and then onwards from your last accommodation on the last day). This is not difficult and to make it easy, we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By Air: The best option is to fly into Osaka and take the train from there. You can take the train direct from Osaka Kansai Airport to Kii-Tanabe (train station).  Take a local train from Osaka city for a few stops and then hop on the Kii Peninsula JR West train. The train station is at the airport, and there are English-speaking staff at the ticket office. You might consider spending some time in Osaka or Kyoto. Osaka is a very interesting city and has many beautiful temples and of course Osaka Castle. In spring, it is particularly beautiful. It also has a sophisticated restaurant culture and markets that seem to go on for kilometres, literally. Kyoto is stunning and if you haven’t visited it before then we highly recommend spending some time there.

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. An express train is the fastest way to travel to the area. 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. We can provide more 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 20 minutes beforehand and buying a ticket. JR passes can be a convenient and reasonable way to get around the area. There are two regional JR passes that cover the Kii Peninsula: Kansai WIDE Area Pass and Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass.

The journey from Osaka to Tanabe takes about 1 – 2 hours. You can take the train direct from Osaka Kansai Airport to Kii-Tanabe (train station).  Take a local train to Hineno station then hop on the Kii Peninsula JR West train. The train station is at the airport, and there are English-speaking staff at the ticket office.

If you stay in Osaka, then you’ll need to catch the Subway (Osaka Metro Midosuji) to Tennoji station. The tickets can be purchased locally. From Tennoji, it’s a JR train service to Kii-Tanabe bound for Shirahama.

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Katsuura (Kii- Katsuura train station is a short distance from Nachisan) back to Osaka takes about 4 hours. You can also choose to go to Tokyo or anywhere else for that matter, in Japan. However, you most likely will need to travel through a major city to get there.

By Air: See above

WALKING

This 61km walk is moderate to challenging. Walks average about 17 km with 5 –9 hours of walking each day, with the longest being 24 km. The walking is over well-maintained paths, but expect each day to start with moderate elevation gains.  We recommend training and having a good level of fitness to complete this walk comfortably. 

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

Please refer to Gear Advice in our FAQ section for what to bring.

WEATHER

As walkers, we believe any time is good for walking, but spring and autumn are the most popular as the weather is ‘perfect’ for walking.

Soaking in an outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those authentic Japanese experiences you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

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

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

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

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

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Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    30 Mar 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    FULL
    PRICE
    from £ 1980
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
    DETAILS
  • Date
    20 Apr 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    FULL
    PRICE
    from £ 1980
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
    DETAILS
  • Date
    12 Oct 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    FULL
    PRICE
    from £ 1980
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
    DETAILS
  • Date
    26 Oct 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1980
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 195
    DETAILS
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