Kumano Kodo Walk, Takijiri-oji to Takahara Settlement

  • Shop at Takijiri-oji

  • Takahara Kumano-jinja Shrine

  • Kumano Kodo trail, staircase of roots

  • Guests before the walk

Wakayama Local Guide Association

 Description

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 beautifully 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 which 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.

 Price

Year-round
1) 21,000 yen
Year-round(from 2020)
1) 22,100 yen

 Details

Tour Outline

Course Name Takijiri-oji to Takahara
Distance ~4 km
Time ~3.5 hours
(not including bus transport times)
Difficulty 2.5
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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

Tour Options

OPTION 1
Meeting Time 7:50
Take 8:02 bus from Kii-Tanabe, arriving at Takijiri at 8:40.
End of Tour ~12:40

OPTION 2
Meeting Time 12:40
Take 12:50 bus from Kii-Tanabe, arriving at Takijiri at 13:38
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 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 and Shirahama for Takijiri. (Bus timetable #1)

The Takijiri 滝尻 bus stop is across highway 311 from the Kumano Kodo Kan pilgrimage center.

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

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