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The Kumano Way

3,920

Comparable to Europe’s Camino Way, the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” that make up Kumano Kodo are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, and undoubtedly one of Japan’s most spectacular walking routes. Walk the same route that pilgrims have followed for over a thousand years and experience traditional and rural Japan at it’s best. At the end of your trek, enjoy a relaxing soak in an isolated onsen, sample delicious local dishes and sleep in traditional guest houses.

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Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days Self-Guided Adventure
Route: Koyasan - Kii Tanabe - Kawayu Onsen - Kii Tatsura

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Dates: Available all year round
Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days Self-Guided Adventure
Starts: Koyasan
Ends: Kii Katsura
Route: Koyasan - Kii Tanabe - Kawayu Onsen - Kii Tatsura
Tour Type: Self Guided ­­­­­­with local guides in places and detailed Travel Pack
Prices from: From €3,620 per person (based on two people sharing twin or double room)
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Experiences

Koyasan, the Holy Mountain

Founded by the Great Kukai, who established an ashram (place of spiritual retreat) at the top of this sacred mountain 1,200 years ago, Koyasan has been home to a great number of ascetic monks who have been educated here for many centuries. Immerse yourself in the spiritual home of many Japanese by staying overnight in a temple. Dinner tonight will be typical vegetarian so for all you non-meat eaters, enjoy!! Did you know eating meat from four legged animals was banned up until the Meiji Restoration in 1868? Our local Koyasan guide will meet you on arrival and teach you all there is to know about Japan’s two religions, Shinto & Buddhism, guiding you around all the significant sights. Choose to meditate with the monks at sunrise or practice calligraphy, another form of meditation before bed.

Calligraphy and Morning Chant at your Temple Lodge

Whilst staying in a temple lodge at Koyasan, you will have the option to take a calligraphy class with the monks, or rise early to join in the morning chant and be part of this spiritual community for a day.

Mountain Guides on 4 Days

Following two nights on Mt Koya, you will move further south to the Kii Peninsula. You will be met by our local guides, the mountain experts on whom we rely to show our guests the best of the Kumano Kodo walks. The pilgrimage route along this area links the three major hallowed grounds of Kumano Hongu, Kumano Hayatama, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine and Waterfall. In between visiting these sacred sites, expect plenty of nature walks, the tasting of local cuisine, chatting with friendly locals, soaking in hot springs, and a growing sense of wonderment at the incredible nature of this special place. The level of walking can be tailored to your own preference so inform us in advance of how long you can walk for one day.

Kawayu River and Onsen

Spend two nights soaking in the natural hot springs at Kawayu Onsen during the winter months, or swim in the river during the summer months to relax after your walk that day.

Magnificent Nachi Waterfalls

Discover 3 of the most significant shrines in Japan as well as Nachi Waterfalls, hidden in the mountains. Samurai of old as well as the Japanese Imperial family used to come and pay homage here and you may still see pilgrims in traditional garb paying their respects.

Accommodation

Koyasan (One Night)

All Accommodation Standards: Temple Stay

Kii Tanabe (Two Nights)

All Accommodation Standards: Minshuku Tsugizakura

[Different rooms per Accommodation Standard]

Kawayu Onsen (Two Nights)

Standard: Kawayu Midoriya

Superior and Deluxe: Kawayu Onsen Fujiya Ryokan

[Different rooms per Accommodation Standard]

Kii Katsura (Two Nights)

All Accommodation Standards: Minshuku Wakatake

[Different rooms per Accommodation Standard]

Whats included

ServiceStandardSuperiorDeluxe
AccommodationRyokans x 2 nights

Minshiku (local Inns) x 4 nights

Temple Lodge x 1 night

Superior Ryokans x 2 nights

Minshiku (local Inns) x 4 nights

Temple Lodge x 1 night

Deluxe Ryokans x 2 nights

Minshiku (local Inns) x 4 nights

Temple Lodge x 1 night

Meals7 Breakfasts, 7 dinners + 4 Packed Lunches7 Breakfasts, 7 dinners + 4 Packed Lunches7 Breakfasts, 7 dinners + 4 Packed Lunches
Experiences
  • Koyasan Travel Pass
  • Calligraphy and Morning Chant at your temple lodge (optional)
  • Vegetarian breakfast & dinner served by the monks at Koyasan
  • Walk in the footsteps of Japan’s Imperial family and Samurai warriors along UNESCO World Heritage Kii Peninsula
  • Meet the local Kumano Kodo villagers along the way
  • Walk with experiences mountain guides on 4 of your days (expect to walk for 4-6 hours on these days)
  • Free time to explore each village on your own
  • Magnificent Nachi Waterfalls & visits to 3 of Japan’s most significant shrines
  • Swim in Kawayu river in front of your Minshuku (Jun-Sep)
  • Soak in natural river onsen at Kawayu Onsen (Decc-May)
  • Koyasan Travel Pass
  • Calligraphy and Morning Chant at your temple lodge (optional)
  • Vegetarian breakfast & dinner served by the monks at Koyasan
  • Walk in the footsteps of Japan’s Imperial family and Samurai warriors along UNESCO World Heritage Kii Peninsula
  • Meet the local Kumano Kodo villagers along the way
  • Walk with experiences mountain guides on 4 of your days (expect to walk for 4-6 hours on these days)
  • Free time to explore each village on your own
  • Magnificent Nachi Waterfalls & visits to 3 of Japan’s most significant shrines
  • Swim in Kawayu river in front of your Minshuku (Jun-Sep)
  • Soak in natural river onsen at Kawayu Onsen (Decc-May)
  • Koyasan Travel Pass
  • Calligraphy and Morning Chant at your temple lodge (optional)
  • Vegetarian breakfast & dinner served by the monks at Koyasan
  • Walk in the footsteps of Japan’s Imperial family and Samurai warriors along UNESCO World Heritage Kii Peninsula
  • Meet the local Kumano Kodo villagers along the way
  • Walk with experiences mountain guides on 4 of your days (expect to walk for 4-6 hours on these days)
  • Free time to explore each village on your own
  • Magnificent Nachi Waterfalls & visits to 3 of Japan’s most significant shrines
  • Swim in Kawayu river in front of your Minshuku (Jun-Sep)
  • Soak in natural river onsen at Kawayu Onsen (Decc-May)
UJT’s Essential Travel PackIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departureIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departureIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departure

Per Person Prices from:

Tour CategoryEURGBPUS$AU$
Standard€3,920£3,300$4,100$5,430
Superior€5,100£4,300$5,350$7,065
Deluxe€10,597£8,940$11,100$14,670

Prices quoted are based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Single Travellers may incur a supplement, depending on hotel category and availability of Single Occupancy Rooms. Exchange rate fluctuations may lead to price changes.  Peak Season Supplements may apply: Cherry Blossom Season, Autumn Leaf Season, National Holiday Weekends Inside Japan.

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Total price of this tour

3,920 per person

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