Kumano Kodo Walk, Takijiri-oji to Takahara Settlement
Wakayama Local Guide Association
Takiriji-oji is one of the main shrines along the Nakahechi section of the World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and marks the entrance into the sacred realm of Kumano. The walk is mostly uphill (sometimes relatively steep) from the river valley through forest to the Takahara settlement, historically a very popular rest stop for pilgrims. This lovely hamlet is located over 300 meters above sea level and offers beautiful panoramic views.
The guide will meet you at the information center next to the Kii-Tanabe station, and make sure you board your public bus. After re-grouping at Takijiri your tour begins with a brief introduction of the area in the Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center before heading out on the trail. Along the way is a rock cave that crawling through represents re-birth. Your guide will introduce this and much more during your walk in the mountains along this spiritual route.
This plan is good for those looking for a smooth beginning to their Kumano Kodo pilgrimage walk. Having a guide for the first day who can introduce you to the infrastructure of the trail, how to use a public bus, etc. is a great way to get your walk starting on the right foot.
|Course Name||Takijiri-oji to Takahara|
(not including bus transport times)
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|Meeting Place||Information center next to the Kii-Tanabe station.|
|Tour Ending Place||Takahara Kiri-no-sato Rest Area (高原霧の里休憩所) or at your accommodation in Takahara.|
|Maps||Kumano Kodo Takijiri~Takahara, Nakahechi Area Map|
Take 8:02 bus from Kii-Tanabe, arriving at Takijiri at 8:40.
|End of Tour||~12:40|
Take 12:50 bus from Kii-Tanabe, arriving at Takijiri at 13:28
|End of Tour||~17:00|
※ Option 2: Please have lunch before meeting guide as there is no time for lunch.
※ 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 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.
LuggageShuttle 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.
LunchTour Option 1
Bring lunch box with you or eat at the restaurant in Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge after the walk.
Tour Option 2
Eat lunch in Tanabe before the start of the tour. Ask the staff at the TANABE Tourist Information Center for ideas.
After TourThere are a few options once the tour is complete.
● Stay overnight in Takahara.
● Walk down to Kurisugawa bus stop on highway 311 from here you can:
1. Return to Tanabe or Shirahama
2. Continue onto Chikatsuyu or Hongu (Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen) to overnight.
● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring drinks.