Kumano Kodo Trek - 5 days | Nakahechi, Takijiri to Hongu, Shingu & Nachi

Traditional Boat Tour Traditional Boat Tour Takahara Settlement
Traditional Boat Tour
Takahara Settlement
Fushiogami-oji on Kumano Kodo Stairs to Kamikura-jinja in Shingu
Fushiogami-oji on Kumano Kodo
Stairs to Kamikura-jinja in Shingu

Overview

This itinerary included a variety of experiences related to the ancient Kumano pilgrimage.

 

There are some walks on the main portion of the Nakahechi pilgrimage, a visit to all three Kumano Grand Shrines, a trip on a traditional boat, and a few nights in onsen villages to enjoy the hot springs.

 

There is a diversity of walks: a bit of challenge (first two days) with some steeper climbs and descents (without being exhausting!) and easier highlight walks around the shrine areas (last 3 days).

 

 

Route

Kyoto/Osaka | Tanabe | Takahara | Chikatsuyu | Hongu | Yunomine Onsen | Shingu | Katsuura | Nachi

Duration

5 days & 4 nights (all 5 days have walks)
OvernightTakahara, Chikatsuyu, Yunomine, Katsuura
Price

Price depends on which accommodations and services you add to your cart.

Transportation is not included, but you can easily pay for this as you go.

Type

Self-guided or guided.

If you would like a guide for the walks, select the plans to add these to your cart when booking.

Luggage Shuttle

Daily luggage shuttle available for all days.

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When

The Nakahechi is open year round.  Summer can be hot and humid, and winter (from December to early March) has a slight possibility of snow.  The winter months also have shorter daylight hours)

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Japanese national holidays and weekends can be busy (especially golden week in the beginning of May, and Obon mid-August).  It is often best to come mid-week as capacity is limited in smaller villages along the trail.

TransportationTrain, Bus, Walk, Boat  How to ride a local bus. About trains.
Walking Difficult

Day 1 = 2.5, Day 2 = 3, Day 3 = 2, Day 4 = 1.5, Day 5 = 1.5 

What is walking difficulty?

Overall LevelIntermediate
Recommended ForThose who are good walkers looking for a bit of challenge (first two days), but also highlight walks (last 3 days)
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GENERAL

 

Day 1:

Train from Kyoto/Osaka to Kii-Tanabe (3 hrs)
Bus from Kii-Tanabe to Takijiri (~40 min)
Walk Takijiri-oji to Takahara (3.7 km, ~2.5 hrs)
Sleep in Takahara

 

Day 2:

Walk Takahara to Chikatsuyu-oji (9 km, 5~6 hrs)
Sleep in Chikatsuyu

 

Day 3:

Bus from Chikatsuyu to Hongu (~30 min)
Bus from Hongu to Hosshinmon-oji (~15 min)
Walk Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha (~7 km, ~3 hrs)
Bus from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen (~20 min) or walk (~3.5 km ~1.5 hrs)
Sleep in Yunomine Onsen

 

Day 4:

Bus from Hongu to Hitari (~30 min)
Boat tour to Shingu (~1 hr 30 min)
Bus/train from Shingu to Katsuura (~40 min or less)
Sleep in Katsuura

 

Day 5:

Bus from Kii-Katsuura Station to Daimon-zaka (~10 min)
Walk Daimon-zaka to Kumano Nachi Taisha (total ~2.5 km, ~2 hrs)
Bus from Nachisan to Kii-Katsuura (~20 min)
Train from Kii-Katsuura to Shin-Osaka (~3 hr, 50 min)


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Highlights

The following are some highlights on this model itinerary.

 

Walk Kumano KodoVisit Kumano Hongu TaishaStay in traditional accommodationSoak in Yunomine Onsen 

Ancient pilgrimage route network in the Kii mountains.

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One of the three Kumano grand shrines.

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Try a traditional Ryokan inn and/or family run guesthouse.

Japan’s spiritual hot spring on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route with over 1800 years of history. 

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Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routeKumano Hongu TaishaTraditional lodgingsYunomine Onsen

 

Traditional Boat RideVisit Kumano Hayatama TaishaExperience KatsuuraWalk Daimon-zaka

River pilgrimage trip.

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One of the three Kumano grand shrines.

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Hot spring fishing port on Pacific coast.

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Ancient stone staircase lined with ancient trees.

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Kumano-gawa River boat tripKumano Hayatama TaishaKatsuura OnsenDaimon-zaka slope

 

Visit Kumano Nachi TaishaEat local cuisine

Home to Japan’s tallest waterfall.

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Immerse yourself in Japan’s countryside culinary traditions.
Kumano Nachi TaishaTraditional cuisine


Every visitor has different experiences and memories, so please enjoy the journey to create your own highlights!



Outline

Day 1

Transfer to Tanabe and Takijiri, Walk Kumano Kodo | Overnight: Takahara

The first day will take you down the west coast of the Kii peninsula by JR train.  As you head south from the large urban centers of Kyoto and Osaka the population and cities become less frequent.  Watch for terraced orange and ume orchards along the way.
Tip:  Sit on the right hand side of the train for the best views.

Get off the train at "Kii-Tanabe" station and enjoy lunch in a restaurant near the station.

Board the bus for Takijiri, it is about a 40 minute ride.
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Note: Busses leave from bus stop number 2. Check this map for more information.
Tip:  Sit on the right hand side of the bus for the best views.

Get off the bus at the Takijiri bus stop.  If you have reserved the convenient luggage shuttle service, the staff will meet you at the Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center across the river.  Takijiri-oji on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route

Walk across the bridge and on your right is the Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center with some introductory displays about the pilgrimage route.  There are also toilets, water taps, drink vending machines, and a small corner with hiking goods for sale, such as clothes and hiking sticks.  There is also a small stamp collecting book available for 100 yen.  There are stamps along the way that many walkers and pilgrims enjoy to collect.

On the left hand side is Takijiri-oji, a small shrine which marks the entrance into the sacred Kumano mountains.  The trail starts behind the shrine pavilion. 

Walk thTakaharae Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from Takijiri to Takahara (see course data below), a steep climb through native and planted forest. Around 15 minutes into the climb, there is a set of large boulders. Some of these form a cave called Tainai-kuguri, where you can test your faith by climbing through the crack at the far end. Another boulder, the Chichi-iwa rock, is associated with a local legend.

The village of Takahara offers panoramic views of the Hatenashi mountain range and is the site of the Takahara Kumano-jinja shrine is one of the oldest buildings along this section of the pilgrimage route with giant camphor trees, over 800 years old!

Accommodation: Overnight in Takahara. There are two options for lodging here.  The Kiri-no-Sato Takahara lodge has excellent facilities, include all meals and features a hot spring bath. Tenku-no-Satoyama is a beautiful rental house, but does not include meals so you will need to prepare your own food.

 

Course Data

 

Route Name Kumano Kodo, Nakahechi Route

Course Name

  Takijiri-oji to Takahara  (PDF download trail notes)
Distance  3.7 km
Time

  ~2 hrs

  ※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.

Walking Difficult  2.5                             What is walking difficulty?
Overall Level  Intermediate
Overview map

 

Kumano Kodo Map

 

Elevation Chart

 

Takahara to Tsugizakura-oji elevation chart

 

Walking Maps

 

Kumano Kodo Map

 

Area Maps

              

Nakahechi West Area Map                 Takahara Area Map

 


Day 2 

Walk Kumano Kodo, Takahara to Chikatsuyu-oji | Overnight: Chikatsuyu village

This is a day walk on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route mostly through forest. The trail from Takahara continues to climb into the mountains from the east end of the tiny settlement. About 1.5 hours into the walk one reaches the Jujo-oji clearing, a popular spot for picnic lunches. The highest part of this trail is the remains of the Uwada-jaya Teahouse (~690 meters above sea level).

 

The trail then descends quickly past the Three-Fold Moon Viewing area to the creek by Osakamoto-oji. The pilgrimage route runs close to Highway #311, which you can cross to reach the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Michi-no-Eki rest stop which serves snacks and drinks. The Gyubadoji-guchi bus stop is located here.

 

It is a short climb to the Hashiori-toge Pass where the small Gyuba-doji statue is situated. This statue shows Kazan, one of the first abdicated emperors to pilgrimage to Kumano, sitting on a horse and cow. The trail descends a cobblestone staircase to a viewpoint of the Chikatsuyu Village below. In the village across the Hiki-gawa River on your left is the Chikatsuyu-oji.

 

Accommodation: Overnight in Chikatsuyu. There are three main options for lodging here. Minshuku Chikatsuyu, Ryokan Tsukinoya, and Minshuku Nakano. Another option is to continue 1 hour further up the trail to stay in the Nonaka area.

 

 Course Data

 

Route Name Kumano Kodo, Nakahechi Route

Course Name

  Takahara to Chikatsuyu-oji  (PDF download trail notes)
Distance  ~9 km
Time

  4~6 hrs

 ※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.

Walking Difficult  3                            What is walking difficulty?
Overall Level  Intermediate
Overview map

 

Kumano Kodo Map

 

Elevation Chart

 

Takahara to Chikatsuyu-oji elevation chart

 

Walking Maps

 

Kumano Kodo MapKumano Kodo Map

 

Area Maps

              

Nakahechi East Area Map                 Chikatsuyu Area Map

 


Day 3 

Transfer to Hongu, Walk Kumano Kodo, Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha | Overnight: Yunomine Onsen

There a few different ways to get to Kumano Hongu Taisha from Chikatsuyu. Overview PDF.

  • Walk from Chikatsuyu to Kumano Hongu Taisha.
  • Take bus from Chikatsuyu to Kobiro-toge area and then walk to Kumano Hongu Taisha.
  • Take bus from Chikatsuyu to Yunomine Onsen and do the loop walk
  • Take the bus first to Hongu, then bus to Hosshinmon-oji and walk to Kumano Hongu Taisha.

We will outline the fourth option, the highlight walk from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha in this itinerary.

 

Take a local bus from the Nakahechi art museum bus stop. This is just south of the Chikatsuyu-oji and the art museum at the entrance to a large car park. Get off at Hongu Taisha-mae bus stop in front of the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center. From here walk across the road to the west side of the route 168. Another bus leaves from here to Hosshinmon-oji and the beginning of the walk. It is an easy transfer at Hongu. If you have doubts ask the bus driver or the staff at the information center in the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center.

 

The walk from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha is an excellent half-day walk on the Kumano Kodo. It is a mixture of forest trails and isolated mountaintop villages. The route is mostly downhill with only a few small climbs. Panoramic viewpoints can be found along the way.

 

Hosshinmon-oji is known as the "gate of awakening of the aspiration to enlightenment" and marks the outermost entrance to Kumano Hongu Taisha’s sacred precincts.

 

The route follows a road through Hosshinmon Village from here to Mizunomi-oji. Keep a look out for the folk-art word carvings along the way.

 

The trail enters the forest at Mizunomi-oji, the site of an old school house, and exits at the west end of the Fushiogami settlement, with its numerous tea plantations and terraced fields.

 

Fushiogami-oji is where pilgrims fell to their knees and prayed after catching their first glimpse of the Grand Shrine in the distant valley below. There is a covered rest area here where locals serve handmade snacks and coffee made with hot spring water (days in operation may change).

 

From here the trail descends through the forest past Sangen-jaya to the austere Kumano Hongu Taisha. Halfway between Sangen-jaya and Kumano Hongu Taisha (near signpost 73) is a short side trail to a lookout point that is not to be missed!

 

In Hongu visit the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center with excellent displays about the area, as well as Oyunohara and Japan’s largest Torii gateway.

 

From Hongu there are two ways to get to Yunomine Onsen: by bus departing from in front of the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center, or walk over the short, but steep Dainichi-goe trail from the south side of town.

 

Enjoy an evening soak at Yunomine Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest hot springs and deeply connected with the Kumano pilgrimage.

 

Accommodation: There is a diversity of Japanese style lodging in Yunomine Onsen including many small, family-run Minshuku guesthouses. There are also accommodations available in Hongu and nearby Kawayu Onsen.

 

 Course Data

 

Route Name Kumano Kodo, Nakahechi Route

Course Name

  Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha (PDF download trail notes)
Distance  ~7 km
Time

  ~3 hrs

 ※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.

Walking Difficult  2                            What is walking difficulty?
Overall Level  Beginner
Overview map

 

Kumano Kodo Map

 

Elevation Chart

 

Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha elevation chart

 

Walking Maps

 

Kumano Kodo Map

 

Area Maps

              

Hongu Area Map          Yunomine Onsen Area Map       Hongu Map

 

 

Course Data (optional walk from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen)

 

Route Name Kumano Kodo, Nakahechi Route

Course Name

  Dainichi-goe (Kumano Hongu Taisha to Yunomine Onsen) (PDF download trail notes)
Distance  ~3.5 km
Time

  ~1.5 hrs

  ※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.

Walking Difficult  2                             What is walking difficulty?
Overall Level  Beginner/Intermediate
Overview map

Dainichi-goe, Kumano Kodo

Elevation Chart

 

Dainichi-goe

 

Walking Maps

Dainichi-goe, Kumano Kodo

Area Maps

Yunomine Onsen    Hongu Map     Hongu area map


Day 4 

Traditional Boat Ride & Visit Kumano Hayatama Taisha | Overnight: Katsuura

Day 4 continues down the coast to Shingu and then onto Katsuura for the night.

 

From Yunomine Onsen board a bus bound for Shingu and get off at Hitari bus stop. This is near the traditional boat tour center which is located in the local town office. The staff of the boat tour often meet guests at the bus stop, even though it is only a short walk away.

 

During registeration at the office guests receive a lifejacket and pilgrims hat, then board a small van and drive to the boat launch about 10 minutes downstream. Traditionally pilgrims travelled by boat down the Kumano-gawa river between Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha. This tour recreates the feeling of this pilgrimage on water.

 

The boats are wooden and have a flat bottom, perfect for navigating the changing and sometimes shallow waters. The tour stops part way when conditions are good so that guests can walk on the banks of the river. This tour is great way to see the cultural landscape from a unique perspective.

 

The tour finishes in Shingu city near Kumano Hayatama Taisha, the second of the three grand shrines of Kumano.

 

The nearby Kamikura-jinja shrines and Gotobiki-iwa rock are nice sacred site to visit nearby. A very steep stone staircase leads up the side of Mt. Gongen to a clearing and the shrine. Legend has it that this is where the Kumano deities originally descended, and is the natural object of worship of the Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

 

Take a bus or train to the fishing port of Katsuura to overnight. Katsuura is a famous fish harbour making for world class seafood!

 

Accommodation: Katsuura is also a onsen village offering a diversity of places to stay. Hotels and Ryokans offer hot spring baths, many overlooking the sea and harbour.


Day 5 

Walk Daimon-zaka & Visit Kumano Nachi Taisha

Visit Nachisan in the morning and take a train to Osaka in the afternoon.

 

Leave your luggage in a coin-locker next at the Kii-Katsuura station if need be before boarding the bus from Kii-Katsuura to Daimon-zaka Chushajo-mae or the parking area of Daimon-zaka slope. From the parking area continue walking up the road a short way until a side road up diagonally left. Follow this road to the beginning of the Daimon-zaka, a short but scenic walk up a ancient flight of stairs with old grown trees lining the path.

 

At the top of the Daimon-zaka slope follow the stairs up to the right to the main road. On your left is another set of stairs which leads to the shrine grounds: Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seiganto-ji. The views across the valley to the Nachi falls and five tiered pagoda are breathtaking.

 

After viewing the pavilions walk down past the pagoda to the waterfall area. There are stairs that lead to near the foot of falls. The main viewing platform is free, but if you want to get even closer it is 300 yen. Pay at the gate as you go in.

 

Climb back up the staircase to the entrance of the falls. This is where the Nachi-no-Taki bus stop is. Stand on the opposite side of the road from the public toilets to take the bus back down to Kii-Katsuura station.

 

Enjoy lunch in Katsuura, pick-up your luggage and catch the train to Osaka or your next destination.

 



Details

※ Details sometimes change, especially bus times, so please double check times before your trip.  If you notice something incorrect, please let us know. Thank you.

 

Downloadable Itinerary >>

 

Day 1

Transfer to Tanabe and Takijiri, Walk Kumano Kodo | Overnight: Takahara

 TimeActivityNotes/Downloads
 

TRAIN FROM KYOTO/OSAKA TO KII-TANABE

(Kuroshio 3)

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  8:36dep: Kyoto 
  9:03

dep: Shin-Osaka

 
  9:21dep: Tennoji 
  11:15arr: Kii-Tanabe 
  

VISIT TANABE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER

 

Open 9:00~18:00

  This information center has paper copies of maps and transporation timetables.  Get the most up to date information before you begin your walk. 
 lunch: at restaurant, or buy something to go.  The bakery inside the train station is convenient place to buy something. 

Tanabe City Map

 BUS FROM KII-TANABE STATION TO TAKIJIRI (Ryujin Bus) Bus timetable 1

960 yen

 12:35dep: Kii-Tanabe 
 13:18arr: Takijiri-oji 
   Bus leaves from bus stop number two in front of Kii-Tanabe station.
 Bus stop map
  MEET LUGGAGE SHUTTLE STAFF AT KUMANO KODO KAN PILGRIMAGE CENTER 
   This luggage shuttle service is a life saver and highly recommended.  You can book it for each day so you can walk freely without your luggage.  MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. 
   VISIT KUMANO KODO KAN PILGRIMAGE CENTER 
  

The round Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center is located across the river from Takijiri-oji and has introductory exhibitions about the pilgrimage route.

Open 9:00 to 17:00

 WALK KUMANO KODO - TAKIJIRI-OJI TO TAKAHARA

Distance:3.7 km
Time: ~2.5 hrs

Trail notes

 OVERNIGHT IN TAKAHARA 
 supper: at accommodation (or other) 


Day 2

Walk Kumano Kodo, Takahara to Chikatsuyu-oji | Overnight: Chikatsuyu village

 

 TimeActivityNotes/Downloads
 Breakfast: at accommodation 
  PICK UP LUNCH BOX

 

  It is usually easiest to order your lunch box from the accommodation. Book the lunch box plan to take advantage of this service. 
 LUGGAGE SHUTTLE
 MUST BE PRE-BOOKED
  Leave luggage at accommodation.
 
 WALK KUMANO KODO - TAKAHARA TO CHIKATSUYU-OJI

Distance: ~9 km
Time: ~5 to 6 hrs

Trail notes

 lunch: picnic lunch along the trail 
  

Chikatsuyu is the next village after Takahara.  

 

It is located in a wider valley with the Hiki-gawa River running through it.

Chikatsuyu Map

 OVERNIGHT IN CHIKATSUYU

 

 supper: at accommodation 


Day 3

Transfer to Hongu, Walk Kumano Kodo, Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha | Overnight: Yunomine Onsen

 TimeActivityNotes/Downloads
 Breakfast: at accommodation 
  PICK UP LUNCH BOX 
  It is usually easiest to order your lunch box from the accommodation. Book the lunch box plan to take advantage of this service. 
 LUGGAGE SHUTTLE MUST BE PRE-BOOKED
  Leave luggage at accommodation. 
  NOTE: There are longer walking options if wanted. Optional walks overview
 BUS FROM CHIKATSUYU TO HONGUBus timetable 1

1,070 yen

 9:05dep: Nakahechi art museum 
 9:35arr: Hongu Taisha-mae 
  This is an express bus and does not stop at the Chikatsuyu-oji bus stop.  The Nakahechi art museum is just south from the Chikatsuyu-oji at the entrance to the large public parking lot. 
  VISIT KUMANO HONGU HERITAGE CENTER 
  This information center is on the east side route 311 across from the Kumano Hongu Taisha grand shrine. It has detailed information and exhibits about the area in English.

Open 9:00 to 17:00

 
 BUS FROM HONGU TO HOSSHINMON-OJIBus timetable 1

460 yen

 10:10dep: Hongu Taisha-mae 
 10:25arr: Hosshinmon-oji 
  The bus stop for Hosshinmon-oji is on the west side of route 311, across the street from the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center. 
 WALK KUMANO KODO - HOSSHINMON-OJI TO KUMANO HONGU TAISHA

Distance: ~7 km
Time: ~3 hrs

Trail notes

 lunch: picnic lunch along the trail 
  VISIT KUMANO HONGU TAISHA & OYUNOHARA

 

Hongu map

  One of the three grand shrines of Kumano. Originally the shrine was located near the Kumano-gawa River on a sandbank, which is now marked with Japan’s largest Torii shrine gate.
 BUS FROM HONGU TO YUNOMINE ONSEN Bus timetable 11

300 yen

  16:58dep: Hongu Taisha-mae 
  17:09arr: Yunomine Onsen 
  Busses leave from in front of the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center.  There are other busses as well, please refer to the bus timetable for options. 
OR   
 WALK KUMANO KODO - KUMANO HONGU TAISHA TO YUNOMINE ONSEN (DAINICHI-GOE)

Distance: ~3.5 km
Time: ~1.5 hrs

Trail notes

  VISIT YUNOMINE ONSEN

 

Yunomine Onsen

  

Yunomine Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan and directly connected with the Kumano Kodo. It is a quaint little collection of inns tucked into a small valley.

 

Each accommodation has their own hot spring bath, and there is a special public bath called Tsuboyu. This bath was used by pilgrims past to purify themselves with the hot water. Tickets are sold at the booth next to the temple.

 

 OVERNIGHT IN YUNOMINE ONSEN 
 supper: at accommodation 


Day 4

Traditional Boat Trip & Vist to Kumano Hayatama Taisha | Overnight: Katsuura

 TimeActivityNotes/Downloads
 Breakfast: at accommodation 
 LUGGAGE SHUTTLE MUST BE PRE-BOOKED
  Leave luggage at accommodation.  It will arrive between 17:00~18:30. 
 BUS FROM YUNOMINE ONSEN TO HITARIBus timetable 4

1,040 yen

 8:40dep: Yunomine Onsen 
 9:20arr: Michi-no-Eki Kumano-gawa 
10:00~11:30TRADITIONAL BOAT TOUR 
  

Historically pilgrimage travelled by boat between Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

 

These tours follows the same route in flat bottom wooden boats. This is an excellent way to view the spiritual landscape from the river like pilgrims past.The boat tour finishes at Kumano Hayatama Taisha

  VISIT KUMANO HAYATAMA TAISHA

Shingu Map

Shingu

  Kumano Hayatama Taisha is the second of the three Kumano grand shrines.
 lunch: on own, possibly at a restaurant in Shingu 
OPTIONVISIT KAMIKURA-JINJA & GOTOBIKI-IWA 
  

This is a small shrine located next to a giant rock on the side of Mt. Gongen overlooking Shingu city. There is a steep stone staircase leading up to the clearing.

 

This is where the Kumano deities originally descended, and the natural object of worship of the Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

 BUS FROM SHINGU TO KATSUURABus timetable 12

620 yen

 15:00dep: Shingu station 
 15:36arr: Kii-Katsuura station 
  There is a tourist information center in the train center if you need help to find the bus stop. 
OR   
 TRAIN FROM SHINGU TO KATSUURA240 yen
 15:25dep: Shingu 
 15:36arr: Kii-Katsuura 
  VISIT KATSUURA 
  

Katsuura is a fishing port on the Pacific coast, with one of the largest tuna markets in Japan, making the seafood is world-class.

 

This is also a hot spring area, with famous mineral waters.

Katsuura Map

Katsuura

 OVERNIGHT IN KATSUURA 
 supper: at accommodation 


Day 5 

Walk Kumano Kodo, Daimon-zaka, Visit Kumano Nachi Taisha, continue to next destination

 TimeActivityNotes/Downloads
 Breakfast: at accommodation 
 OPTIONVisit the fish market. Katsuura is famous for its tuna market which runs early morning at the port. This is a commercial market so please be courteous and abide by all rules. Variably closed. Ask at tourist information center in the Kii-Katsuura station for details. 
 BUS FROM KII-KATSUURA STATION TO DAIMON-ZAKA TRAILHEADBus timetable 8

420 yen

 7:58
 dep: Kii-Katsuura 
 8:23 arr: Daimon-zaka Chushajo-mae 
  The bus stop at Daimon-zaka Chushajo-mae (Daimon-zaka parking) is a conveninent place to start the walk as there are toilet facilities, vending machines, etc.  
 

WALK KUMANO KODO - DAIMON-ZAKA

Distance:~1.5 km
Time: ~1 hrs

  

Daimon-zaka is picturesque stone staircase with giant trees lining the way.

 

If you walk around the shrine grounds and down to the base of the waterfall it is about 1 kilometer more walking including multiple staircases.

Daimon-zaka, Kumano Kodo
  VISIT KUMANO NACHI TAISHA, SEIGANTO-JI, AND NACHI FALLS

Nachi map

Nachi

  

Kumano Nachi Taisha is the third of the three grand shrines of Kumano, and Seiganto-ji is a Buddhist temple next it.

 

Nachi falls is 133 meters high, the tallest in Japan.

Kumano Nachi Taisha
 BUS FROM NACHISAN TO KATSUURA Bus timetable 8

620 yen

 11:46 dep: Nachi-no-Taki-mae 
 12:10arr: Kii-Katsuura 
  A conveninent bus stop is Nachi-no-Taki-mae at the entrance to the waterfall.  
 lunch: on own, possibly at a restaurant near station 
 

TRAIN FROM KII-KATSUURA TO OSAKA

(Kuroshio 14)

 
 13:01dep: Kii-Katsuura 
 16:50arr: Shin-Osaka 

 

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