Kumano Kodo Walk, Dainichi-goe (Yunomine Onsen to/from Hongu)

  • Dainichi-goe route

  • Yunomine Onsen

  • Tsukimigaoka-jinja

  • Oyunohara Torii gate

Wakayama Local Guide Association

 Description

The Dainichi-goe section of the Kumano Kodo is a short but steep trail that links the Hongu town site with Yunomine Onsen.  It is a climb and then descent over a small mountain pass.

This tour can be walked in either direction from Hongu or Yunomine Onsen.

Hongu town site is the home to the World Heritage grand shrine Kumano Hongu Taisha.  Yunomine Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest hot springs and directly associated with the Kumano pilgrimage.

The trail features some steep uneven steps, so sturdy footwear is recommended.

 Price

Year-round(2023)
1) 22,600 yen
Year-round(2022)
1) 22,600 yen

 Details

START IN HONGU

Tour Outline 

Course Name Dainichi-goe (Hongu to Yunomine Onsen), Route Guide
Distance ~3.5 km
Time ~2.5 hours
Difficulty 2
What is a difficulty rating of walking trails?
Meeting Place In front of Kumano Hongu Heritage Center at the Hongu Taisha-mae bus stop under the roofed area. (熊野本宮大社前)
Tour Ending Place Yunomine Onsen (湯の峰温泉)
Maps Dainichi-goe Map, Hongu Area Map

Tour Options

OPTION 1
Meeting Time 8:25
Start Hongu
(bus arrives from Yunomine, Watarase, Kawayu onsens at Hongu at 8:20)
End of Tour ~11:00
Finish Yunomine Onsen

OPTION 2
Meeting Time 9:40
Start Hongu
(bus arrives from Watarase Onsen at Hongu at 9:37)
End of Tour ~12:00
Finish Yunomine Onsen

OPTION 3
Meeting Time 13:50
Start Hongu
(bus arrives from Yunomine, Watarase, Kawayu onsens at Hongu at 13:46)
End of Tour ~16:30
Finish Yunomine Onsen

※ Please specify which tour time you would like to join when making the reservation request.

START IN YUNOMINE ONSEN

Tour Outline 

Course Name Dainichi-goe (Hongu to Yunomine Onsen), Route Guide
Distance ~3.5 km
Time ~2.5 hours
Difficulty 2
What is a difficulty rating of walking trails?
Meeting Place Yunomine Onsen (湯の峰温泉) bus stop
Tour Ending Place Kumano Hongu Taisha (熊野本宮大社)
Maps Dainichi-goe Map, Hongu Area Map

Tour Options

OPTION 1
Meeting Time 8:30
Start Yunomine Onsen
End of Tour ~11:00
Finish Hongu

OPTION 2
Meeting Time 9:00
Start Yunomine Onsen
End of Tour ~11:30
Finish Hongu

OPTION 3
Meeting Time 10:00
Start Yunomine Onsen
End of Tour ~12:30
Finish Hongu

OPTION 4
Meeting Time 13:30
Start Yunomine Onsen
End of Tour ~16:00
Finish Hongu

OPTION 5
Meeting Time 14:30
Start Yunomine Onsen
End of Tour ~17:00
Finish Hongu

※ Please specify which tour time you would like to join when making the reservation request.
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.
Children
Please contact us for pricing for children. 

NOTE: Wakayama Local Guide Association may not accept children on some guided walks.
Luggage
If you have large baggage there are coin-lockers available at Karasuya near the meeting place in Hongu. 

There are coin-lockers in Yunomine Onsen at the public bath in the center of town as well.
Lunch
The walk is either before or after lunch. There is no time on this walk to eat lunch.
After Tour
There are a few options once the tour is complete.

● Stay overnight in nearby Hongu, Yunomine Onsen, or Kawayu Onsen. (recommended)
● Take a bus to Tanabe or Shingu. Bus timetables

For those wanting to do shorter walks on the pilgrimage route, this is a good tour to join.

Please contact us if you would like more ideas on how to fit this guided walk into your visit.
Notes
Please:
● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring drinks.

 Map

Access Information
START IN HONGU

Public Bus
● Daily busses leave from Kii-Tanabe station and Shirahama for Hongu. (Bus timetable #1)
● Daily busses leave from Shingu station for Hongu. (Bus timetabele #3)  
● Daily busses also connect Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen with Hongu. (Bus timetabele #11)

Taxi
Another transportation option is to take a taxi.
● JR Kii-Tanabe or JR Shirahama to Kumano Hongu Taisha. Book online


START IN YUNOMINE ONSEN


Public Bus
● Daily busses leave from Kii-Tanabe station and Shirahama for Yunomine Onsen. (Bus timetable #1)
● Daily busses leave from Shingu station for Yunomine Onsen. (Bus timetabele #3
● Daily busses also connect Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen with Hongu. (Bus timetabele #11

Taxi
Another transportation option is to take a taxi.
● JR Kii-Tanabe or JR Shirahama to Yunomine Onsen. Book online

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