Kumano Kodo Walk, Chikatsuyu to Kumano Hongu Taisha

  • View of Oyunohara

  • Nonaka-no-Shimizu spring

  • Toganoki-jaya

  • Tsugizakura-oji

  • Kumano Kodo cobblestones

  • Kumano Hongu Taisha

  • Hosshinmon-oji

Wakayama Local Guide Association


This section follows the old highway through Chikatsuyu Village along the south side of Mt. Takao, gradually climbing over 200 meters in elevation.

In the shrine grove of Tsugizakura-oji are the massive Nonaka-no-Ipposugi cedar trees. The shrine grove and its old-growth trees were saved from destruction by Minakata Kumagusu during the early 20th century.

The Nonaka-no-Shimizu spring, one of the 100 famous waters of Japan, is located just below the shrine. The Toganoki-jaya Teahouse is located next to the sanctuary.

From Tsugizakura-oji the trail continues along the old highway to Kobiro-toge pass.   From here the trail climbs and descends repeatedly as you head east towards the Kumano Hongu Taisha sacred site.

From Hosshinmon-oji the atmosphere changes, as you pass through settlements nestled on the ridge line.  There are some nice panoramic views points along this section.  The last 7 kilometers are mostly downhill.

The Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano and is the finishing point of this walk.  For those that can walk a little further, the massive shrine gate of Oyunohara is also a must-see.


1) 45,700 yen
1) 42,000 yen


Tour Outline

Course Name Chikatsuyu to Kumano Hongu Taisha
Distance ~25 km
Time ~10 hours
(not including bus transport times)
Difficulty 5
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Meeting Place Chikatsuyu-Oji 近露王子
(or accommodation in Chikatsuyu area)
Tour Ending Place Kumano Hongu Taisha 熊野本宮大社
Maps Kumano Kodo Chikatsuyu~Tsugizakura,
Tsugizakura~Hosshinmon-oji Map,
Hosshinmon-oji~Hongu Taisha Map

Tour Options

Meeting Time 7:25
Take 6:16 bus from Kii-Tanabe,
arriving at Chikatsuyu-Oji 近露王子 at 7:23.
End of Tour ~17:00

※ Please specify which tour time you would like to join when making the reservation request.
If you would like a different time (for example if you staying in the Nonaka area), please contact us for details.
Price Notice
※ Maximum 10 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 (Bus timetable #1)

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

More information about luggage shuttle and storage.
It is usually easiest to order your lunch box from the accommodation. Book a lunch box plan to take advantage of this service.
After tour
● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring a lunch and drinks .



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