Kumano Kodo Walk, Takijiri to Chikatsuyu-oji (Meet at Takijiri)

  • Takijiri-oji

  • Tainaikuguri

  • Takahara settlement

  • Takahara Kumano-jinja

  • Chikatsuyu willow cherry blossom

  • Gyuba-doji statue

Wakayama Local Guide Association


This guided walking tour is from Takijiri-oji to Chikatsuyu-village.  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 a relatively short but steep climb to the settlement of Takahara.  The trail is a mixture of dirt, tree roots, stone steps, and cobblestones.  It is in the forest for most of the time with a couple of panoramic lookout spots.

From Takahara, the trail continues up through the forest to the east.  The walk finishes by descending into the Chikatsuyu village along the Hiki-gawa river.

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

Most people choose to stay at one of the accommodations in Chikatsuyu Village (reservations highly recommended).



Standard rate(2025)
1) 40,700 yen
Peak season(2025)
1) 44,600 yen
Standard rate(2024)
1) 36,500 yen
Peak season(2024)
1) 39,900 yen


Tour Outline

Course Name Takijiri-Oji to Chikatsuyu-Oji
Distance ~13 km
Time ~9 hours
(not including bus transport times)
Difficulty 3.5
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Meeting Place Takijiri 滝尻 bus stop
Tour Ending Place Chikatsuyu-Oji
Maps Kumano Kodo Takijiri~Takahara, Takahara~Chikatsuyu-Oji

Tour Options

Bus Departs 8:02
At Kii-Tanabe Station
Meeting Time 8:40
End of Tour ~17:30

Bus Departs 6:16
At Kii-Tanabe Station
Meeting Time 6:55
End of Tour ~16:30

Bus Departs 6:50
At Kii-Tanabe Station
Meeting Time 7:28
End of Tour ~16:50
※ Please specify which tour time you would like to join when making the reservation request.
If you would like to meet the guide at Kii-Tanabe Station: Kumano Kodo Walk, Takijiri to Chikatsuyu-oji (Meet at Kii-Tanabe St.)
Price Notice
※ Maximum 6 people per tour.
※ Price includes insurance fee.
※ Price 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: Wakayama Local Guide Association 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.

Another transportation option is to take a taxi.
Shuttle your luggage from Tanabe or Takijiri to your accommodation, or store it in Tanabe at the KUMANO TRAVEL Support Center.

More information about luggage shuttle and storage.
Not included in this tour. Please bring a bag lunch with you on the walk. It is best to buy it in Tanabe before you board the bus at Kii-Tanabe station, as there is nowhere to buy lunch along the way.

※The guide's lunch & transport are included in the tour price.
After Tour
The most common option is to: 

● Stay overnight in Chikatsuyu, reservations are highly recommended.
● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring a lunch and drinks.



Tour Date *
*Requests must be made 10 or more days in advance.
Contents Type * Tours & Activities
Number of Participants * Male: Female:
Details of participants: age, general fitness level, other information that is relevant, etc.
Tour Option *
Name of Accommodation the Night Before Stay, Tour, Activity, etc. *
※ For your safety, please let us know the name of your intended previous night's accommodation. In the case of an emergency, if the guest can't be reached from the smart phone number provided at registration, your previous accommodation will be contacted.
Thank  you for your cooperation.
Please be sure to list the actual name of the accommodation and not just an area.