Kumano Kodo Walk, Takijiri-oji to Takahara Kumano-jinja

  • Kumano guide

  • Takijiri-oji in fall

  • Takahara Kumano-jinja shrine

Kumano TREK, English Speaking Guides


This guided walking tour is from Takijiri-oji to Takahara settlement.  Takijiri-oji is the spiritual entrance to the sacred Kumano mountains.  It is the most common starting point for pilgrimage walks on the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo.

The walk is relatively short but has some steep climbs.  The trail is a mixture of dirt, tree roots, stone steps, and cobble stones.  It is in the forest for most of the time with a couple of panoramic lookout spots.

Your local English speaking guide will introduce you to the history and culture of the area.

The tour finishes in the beautiful settlement of Takahara overlooking the mountains.  Most people choose to stay at one of the accommodations here (reservations highly recommended), or continue down the mountain to the Kurisugawa bus stop to transit back to Tanabe or towards the Hongu area.


Year-round (from October 2023)
1) 24,400 yen


Tour Outline

Course Name Takijiri-oji to Takahara (to Kurisugawa 栗栖川 bus stop)
Distance ~4 km
Time ~4 hours
(not including bus transport times)
Difficulty 2.5 (this is a short but steep walk)
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Meeting Place Takijiri 滝尻 bus stop
Tour Ending Place Your accommodation in Takahara or to Kurisgawa 栗栖川 bus stop.
Maps Kumano Kodo Takijiri~Takahara, Nakahechi Area Map

Tour Options

Bus dep: Kii-Tanabe 10:15
Takijiri bus stop meeting Time 10:53
Takahara end of Tour 15:00
Or Kurisugawa bus stop End of Tour 15:30

Bus dep: Kii-Tanabe 11:35
Takijiri bus stop meeting Time 12:18
Takahara end of Tour 16:15
Or Kurisugawa bus stop End of Tour 16:45
Bus dep: Kii-Tanabe 12:50
Takijiri bus stop meeting Time 13:28
Takahara end of Tour 17:10
Or Kurisugawa bus stop End of Tour 17:40

※ Please specify which tour time you would like to join when making the reservation request.
If you would like a different time, please contact us for details.
Price Notice
20,600 yen per group
1~10 people

※ Maximum 10 people per tour.
※ Price includes insurance fee.
※ Prices does not include transportation fees or meals for participants but does include meals and transportation costs for the guides.
Please contact us for pricing for children. 

NOTE: Kumano Trek may not accept children on some guided walks.

Public Bus
● Daily busses leave from Kii-Tanabe station and Shirahama for Takijiri. (Bus timetable #1)
● The Takijiri 滝尻 bus stop is across highway 311 from the Kumano Kodo Kan pilgrimage center.
More bus timetables
● Another transportation option is to take a taxi.
● JR Kii-Tanabe or JR Shirahama to Takijiri.
Book online

If you have large baggage there is a luggage shuttle service available from JR Kii-Tanabe Station or Takijiri to Takahara accommodation.  
Please note that luggage shuttle is only available for those who made reservations for accommodations via the Kumano Travel site.  10 days or more in advance is needed to book daily luggage shuttles.
Lunch is not included in this tour. Please eat lunch before you arrive, or bring something simple with you to eat along the way.
After Tour
There are a few options once the tour is complete.

● Stay overnight at the wonderful accommodation in Takahara.
● Walk down to Kurisugawa bus stop on Highway 311 from here you can:
1. Return to Tanabe or Shirahama. 
2. Continue onto Chikatsuyu, Nonaka (Tsugizakura) or Hongu (Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen) to overnight.

For those doing a multi-day walk on the Kumano Kodo you can incorporate this into the first day of your tour to get you orientated and on your way smoothly, staying your first night in Takahara.

Please contact us if you would like more ideas on how to fit this guided walk into your visit.
● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring a lunch and drinks.



Sorry, "Reservation Requests" are not available at this time.

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