Kumano Kodo Walk, Gyuba-doji guchi to Tsugizakura-oji
Wakayama Local Guide Association
This walking tour begins at the Kumano Kodo Michi-no-Eki rest area on Highway 311. This is commonly referred to Gyuba-doji-guchi, as it is the entrance to the short climb to the Gyuba-doji statue.
It is an easy walk in the woods to the Gyuba-doji statue of retired emperor Kazan, the symbol of this area. The trail descends to the quiet hamlet of Chikatsuyu and where we stroll through town. We can stop at the Nakahechi Art Museum if you like.
Leaving town into the mountains we’ll pass the Nonagase cemetery, which has some monuments from 500 years ago. The route follows the old highway along the side of the mountain to the tiny, spread-out, Nonaka settlement. Here you can see ancient cedars around Tsugizakura-oji, quench your thirst at a pure mountain spring, and maybe even see a family of monkeys!
|Course Name||Gyuba-Doji Guchi to Tsugizakura-Oji|
(The first part is is the forest, from Chikatsuyu it is mostly on paved road)
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|Meeting Place||Gyuba-doji Michi-no-Eki rest area|
|Tour Ending Place||Tusgizakura-oji|
|Maps||Kumano Kodo Gyuba-doji~Tusgizakura, Nakahechi Area Map|
Take 8:02 bus from Kii-Tanabe,
arriving at Gyuba-doji guchi at 8:57. (Meiko bus)
|End of Tour||~13:00|
Take 11:35 bus from Kii-Tanabe,
arriving at Gyuba-doji guchi at 12:34. (Ryujin bus)
|End of Tour||~16:45|
※ 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 includes insurance fee.
※ Price does not include transportation fees or meals for participants but does include meals and transportation costs for the guides.
ChildrenPlease contact us for pricing for children.
NOTE: Wakayama Local Guide Association may not accept children on some guided walks.
● Daily busses leave from Kii-Tanabe station and Shirahama for Gyuba-doji-guchi bus stop. (Bus timetable #1)
LuggageShuttle your luggage from Tanabe to your accommodation, or store it in Tanabe at the KUMANO TRAVEL Support Center.
More information about luggage shuttle and storage.
LunchLunch is not included in this tour. Please eat lunch before you arrive, or bring something simple with you to eat along the way.
After TourThere are a few options once the tour is complete.
● Stay overnight at accommodation in the Nonaka (Tsugizakura) area.
● Walk down to Nonaka-no-Ipponsugi bus stop on Highway 311 from here you can:
1. Return to Tanabe or Shirahama. Bus Timetable #2.
2. Continue onto Hongu (Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen) to overnight. Bus Timetable #1.
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 drinks.