Spiritual Heartland Kumano Kodo Trek - 6 days | Advanced

  • Daimon-zaka slope near Nachisan

  • Kumano amulet

  • Hosshinmon-oji

  • Kamikura-jinja

  • Takahara settlement

  • Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

  • Morning sea of clouds

  • Kumano Hayatama Taisha

  • Bento lunch box

  • Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka

  • Site along Kumano Kodo

  • Nachi falls

  • Pilgrimage dress

  • Seiganto-ji temple in Nachisan

  • Kawayu Onsen

  • Tokei-jinja

  • Yunomine Onsen

Local Package Tours


The journey begins with a purification ceremony, and consists of 4 full-day walks, culminating with a view of Japan’s tallest waterfall at Kumano Nachi Taisha.

The following days include walks from Yunomine Onsen to Kumano Hongu Taisha, over the Hatenashi-toge Pass (Yakio to Totsukawa Onsen), along the Kogumotori-goe (Ukegawa to Koguchi) and challenging Ogumotori-goe (Koguchi to Nachi) routes.

Overnights feature hot spring baths and delicious, authentic Japanese food. An immersive experience for the adventurous pilgrim.

Being fit and prepared is important. Use public transport to shorten or skip walks if needed.


1 guest(s) 461,000 yen
2 guest(s) 564,000 yen
3 guest(s) 782,000 yen
4 guest(s) 885,000 yen
5 guest(s) 1,103,000 yen
6 guest(s) 1,206,000 yen
7 guest(s) 1,424,000 yen
8 guest(s) 1,527,000 yen
9 guest(s) 1,745,000 yen
10 guest(s) 1,848,000 yen

 Tour Overview


This is an active, immersive journey for the intuitive traveler. Be purified before your challenging pilgrimage.

Trek the mountains along the Kumano Kodo from village-to-village, traversing sacred peaks while visiting two grand shrines.

Stay in local villages featuring three onsen hot springs and authentic cuisine!

Join us for this once-in-a-life-time journey and make your visit to Kumano truly unique!

WHEN Year-round
ROUTE Tanabe  | Yunomine Onsen | Kawayu Onsen | Hongu | Koguchi | Nachisan | Katsuura
DURATION 6 days & 5 nights
OVERNIGHT Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen x2, Koguchi, Katsuura Onsen
ROOMS Twin shared
TYPE Day guided.
DAILY LUGGAGE SHUTTLE Available for all days.
RECOMMENDED FOR Active walkers, with experience doing multiday walks in a mountain environment.


 Day guided by Kumano Kodo local guides

 5 Nights of accommodation

 5 Suppers, 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches

 Daily luggage shuttles (1 piece per guest)

 Transportation according to itinerary during the tour from arrival at Kii-Tanabe station to departure at Kii-Katsuura station.

 All ceremonies, activities and entrance fees


 Train tickets to Kii-Tanabe before tour and train ticket from Kii-Katsuura at end of tour

 Transporation not included in the itinerary

 Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, shopping, etc.

 Travel insurance (please purchase this before your trip)


● The Kumano Kodo is a mountain trail with sections unpaved, uneven surfaces of dirt, roots and cobblestones.  Please wear appropriate footwear.

● For clothes it is best to bring layered clothes, such as a fleece jacket and an outer shell. Snow is rare in the mountains of the southern Kii peninsula, but if there are chances of freezing overnight.  More weather information.

● Some accommodations have shared facilities such as hot-spring baths.  Here is a detailed overview on how to take a Japanese bath

● Tour itinerary may change depending on local circumstances and/or weather.

Any questions? Contact us!


     Train from Osaka/Kyoto to Kii-Tanabe (~3 hrs)

     Pick-up tour documents at Tanabe Tourist Information Center

     Drop off bags at KUMANO TRAVEL Support Center for luggage shuttle to accommodation

     Pilgrimage purification ceremony at Tokei-jinja

     Bus from Kii-Tanabe to Yunominse Onsen (~2 hr)

     Stay in Yunomine Onsen (Ryokan Adumaya, Ryokan Yunomineso, or similar)


 Itinerary Map


Tokei-jinja Purification Ceremony
Traditional Shinto ceremony at Tokei-jinja.
Soak in Yunomine Onsen
Japan’s spiritual hot spring on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route with over 1800 years of history.
Eat local cuisine
Immerse yourself in Japan’s country side culinary traditions.
Stay in a diversity of accommodations
From hot spring Japanese inns in the mountains, to family run guest houses along the pilgrimage route:  There is a diversity of authentic lodging along the way
Walk Kumano Kodo
Ancient pilgrimage route network in the Kii mountains.
Day Guided
Journey with Kumano Kodo local guides.
Soak in Kawayu Onsen
A geological wonder: Hot spring in the river!
Visit Kumano Hongu Taisha
One of the three Kumano grand shrines.
Visit Kumano Nachi Taisha
Home to Japan’s tallest waterfall.
(OPTION) Exclusive Seasonal Tour of Hidden Nachisan
Join us on an exclusive seasonal hiking tour beyond the magnificent Nachi Waterfall to a mysterious, prohibited area of Nachisan’s sacred primeval landscape. The tour includes a forest and river hike to hidden waterfalls normal not accessible to the general public—a rare chance to experience this forbidden spiritual site!


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Exclusive Seasonal Tour of Hidden Nachisan*
62,000 yen/person based on two people in group.