Kumano Kodo Walk, Chikatsuyu to Kumano Hongu Taisha

  • View of Oyunohara

  • Kumano Kodo

  • Near Tsugizakura-oji

  • Hosshinmon-oji on the Kumano Kodo

Wakayama Local Guide Association

 Description

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 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.

 Price

Year-round
1) 38,400 yen
Year-round(from January 2020)
1) 46,900 yen

 Details

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

OPTION 1
Meeting Time 7:37
Take 6:25 bus from Kii-Tanabe,
arriving at Chikatsuyu-Oji 近露王子 at 7:37.
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.
※ Prices does not included transportation fees or meals for participants, but does include meals and transportation costs for the guides.
Children
Please contact us for pricing for children. 

NOTE: Mi-Kumano may not accept children on some guided walks.
Access
Public Bus
● Daily busses leave from Kii-Tanabe station (Bus timetable #1)

Taxi
● Another transportation option is to take a taxi.
Luggage
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.
Lunch
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
Notes
Please:
● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring a lunch and drinks .

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