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Koyasan Pilgrimage Walk Tours
Local Guides
Koyasan
Ryochi Takai was born and raised in Koyasan. His love for the surrounding natural beauty in the mountains led to many years of hiking the surrounding trails. His grandfather, father and brother are both priests in Koyasan, providing him with a unique insight into the spiritual practices on the mountain as well. He spent over 3 years in England, polishing his English skills and expanding his global knowledge. With a desire to return home and help introduce more people to the land he loved since childhood, 2012, he founded Koyasan Guesthouse Kokuu, the first such lodging in Koyasan. He balances a long-time passion for music with the quiet peace of the surrounding forests and enjoys giving more people the opportunity to enjoy these mountains and the deep history and sacred treasures within them. He leads various excursions in the area and his local knowledge helps many tourists come to a deeper appreciation of the heritage hidden throughout the region.

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Wakayama Local Guide Association
Experience
Sightseeing
Local Guides
Central Tanabe
Nachisan
Chikatsuyu
Shingu
Hongu
Takahara

Wakayama Local Guide Association is a local group founded in 2006 with the goal to introduce both Japanese and Non-Japanese alike to the Kumano region.  Wakayama Local Guide Association has registered licensed English speaking guides well versed in the history and culture of the area.  Using a local guide makes a visit to the area richer and more fulfilling.  It is also a great way to travel responsibly by supporting the local community.  Be open to the feeling of Kumano, through the eyes of local with a passion for their home!  Please contact us for more information about arranging guide services.

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Kumano TREK, English Speaking Guides
Local Guides
Nachisan
Chikatsuyu
Hongu
Takahara

Kumano TREK is a friendly group of local guides dedicated to the region and introducing the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to international visitors.  They enjoy walking and sharing stories with guests. 
The members say, "Please enjoy your visit to the Kumano Kodo with us!"

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Local Package Tours
Experience
Local Package Tours
Local Guides
Central Tanabe

Local package tours are a great way to experience the area. 

We do all of the planning, so you can do all of the enjoying!

Looking for a bit more freedome, please visit the model course page to customize your own visit.

If you are a travel agent, please contact us for more information.

 

CrossRhodes Kumano Journeys
Local Guides
Nachisan
Chikatsuyu
Hongu
Takahara

CrossRhodes Kumano Journeys’ native-English-speaking, licensed guide will introduce travelers to people, experiences and sacred sites of this World Heritage-designated, ancient, spiritual heart of Japan known as the “Kumano Kodo”.

With 25 years living, working and exploring the rural countryside, guide and English guide-trainer Mike Rhodes will share the lore and natural beauty of his adopted home.

Experience the culture, walk the millennial pilgrimage, explore ghosts and ruins, taste the warm heart and fresh air of Kumano.

 

Kodo Walkers
Experience
Local Package Tours
Local Guides
Shingu
Kumano City
Owase

About the Kodo Walkers

The Kodo Walkers is a group of English Kumano Kodo guides who have the knowledge and passion to provide you with an unforgettable visit to our area.

Our group has been walking the routes and studying their rich history and stories since 2004. We can tell you about the locals, our way of life and major historical figures who have come to visit, stories that really add a whole new dimension to your stay here.

Our local guides hope to be your ambassador to the Iseji, the Kumano region, and beyond while you are here. Please come and discover the beauty of the Iseji.

What is the Kumano Kodo and the Iseji Route

The Kumano Kodo is a network of mountain paths connecting four major religious centers in Japan, Kumano Sanzan, Yoshino, Koya-san, and Ise-jingu. For the past 17 years, Kumano Kodo’s popularity has mainly been focused on the Nakahechi route, connecting Kumano Three Grand Shrines with Kyoto and Osaka. This route has seen a huge resurgence of people coming to visit Kumano Sanzan.

The Iseji route which connects Ise-jingu with Kumano was most popular among merchants, commoners, and beggars from about 400 to 150 years ago.

The Iseji route is one of Kumano’s best-kept secrets. Most of these routes offer ancient stone-paved paths with a rich history and spectacular mountain and ocean views. It is the relatively unbeaten path of Kumano! Come see this jewel while it is still pristine.

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Ryochi Takai was born and raised in Koyasan. His love for the surrounding natural beauty in the mountains led to many years of hiking the surrounding trails. His grandfather, father and brother are both priests in Koyasan, providing him with a unique insight into the spiritual practices on the mountain as well. He spent over 3 years in England, polishing his English skills and expanding his global knowledge. With a desire to return home and help introduce more people to the land he loved since childhood, 2012, he founded Koyasan Guesthouse Kokuu, the first such lodging in Koyasan. He balances a long-time passion for music with the quiet peace of the surrounding forests and enjoys giving more people the opportunity to enjoy these mountains and the deep history and sacred treasures within them. He leads various excursions in the area and his local knowledge helps many tourists come to a deeper appreciation of the heritage hidden throughout the region. tours-activities ~/Content/images/icon-white/free/tours-w.svg 405 False Koyasan Pilgrimage Walk Tours koyasan-pilgrimage-walk-tours
<p>Wakayama Local Guide Association is a local group founded in 2006 with the goal to introduce both Japanese and Non-Japanese alike to the Kumano region.&nbsp; Wakayama Local Guide Association has registered licensed English speaking guides well versed in the history and culture of the area.&nbsp; Using a local guide makes a visit to the area richer and more fulfilling.&nbsp; It is also a great way to travel responsibly by supporting the local community.&nbsp; Be open to the feeling of Kumano, through the eyes of local with a passion for their home!&nbsp; Please <a href="http://www.tb-kumano.jp/form/mailform-e.html" target="_blank">contact us</a> for more information about arranging guide services.</p> tours-activities ~/Content/images/icon-white/free/tours-w.svg 165 False Wakayama Local Guide Association wakayama-local-guide-association
<p>Kumano TREK is a friendly group of local guides dedicated to the region and introducing the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to international visitors.&nbsp; They enjoy walking and sharing stories with guests.&nbsp; <br />The members say, "Please enjoy your visit to the Kumano Kodo with us!"</p> tours-activities ~/Content/images/icon-white/free/tours-w.svg 252 False Kumano TREK, English Speaking Guides kumano-trek-english-speaking-guides
<p>Local package tours are a great way to experience the area.&nbsp; <br /><br />We do all of the planning, so you can do all of the enjoying!<br /><br />Looking for a bit more freedome, please visit the <a href="../../../en/model-itineraries">model course page</a> to customize your own visit.<br /><br />If you are a travel agent, please <a href="https://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/faqs/" target="_blank">contact us</a> for more information.</p> tours-activities ~/Content/images/icon-white/free/tours-w.svg 150 False Local Package Tours local-package-tours
<p>CrossRhodes Kumano Journeys&rsquo; native-English-speaking, licensed guide will introduce travelers to people, experiences and sacred sites of this World Heritage-designated, ancient, spiritual heart of Japan known as the &ldquo;Kumano Kodo&rdquo;. <br /><br />With 25 years living, working and exploring the rural countryside, guide and English guide-trainer Mike Rhodes will share the lore and natural beauty of his adopted home. <br /><br />Experience the culture, walk the millennial pilgrimage, explore ghosts and ruins, taste the warm heart and fresh air of Kumano.</p> tours-activities ~/Content/images/icon-white/free/tours-w.svg 257 False CrossRhodes Kumano Journeys crossrhodes-kumano-journeys
<div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;">About the Kodo Walkers</span></h2> </div> <div> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Kodo Walkers is a group of English Kumano Kodo guides who have the knowledge and passion to provide you with an unforgettable visit to our area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our group has been walking the routes and studying their rich history and stories since 2004. We can tell you about the locals, our way of life and major historical figures who have come to visit, stories that really add a whole new dimension to your stay here.</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our local guides hope to be your ambassador to the Iseji, the Kumano region, and beyond while you are here. Please come and discover the beauty of the Iseji.</span><br /><br /> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What is the Kumano Kodo and the Iseji Route</span></h2> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Kumano Kodo is a network of mountain paths connecting four major religious centers in Japan, Kumano Sanzan, Yoshino, Koya-san, and Ise-jingu. For the past 17 years, Kumano Kodo&rsquo;s popularity has mainly been focused on the Nakahechi route, connecting Kumano Three Grand Shrines with Kyoto and Osaka. This route has seen a huge resurgence of people coming to visit Kumano Sanzan.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Iseji route which connects Ise-jingu with Kumano was most popular among merchants, commoners, and beggars from about 400 to 150 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Iseji route is one of Kumano&rsquo;s best-kept secrets. Most of these routes offer ancient stone-paved paths with a rich history and spectacular mountain and ocean views. It is the relatively unbeaten path of Kumano! Come see this jewel while it is still pristine.</span></p> </div> tours-activities ~/Content/images/icon-white/free/tours-w.svg 496 False Kodo Walkers kumano-kodo-walker
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