Kumano Kodo Complete self-guided walking
9 days
Village-to-village walking on the Kumano Kodo with 8 hikes of 2-8 hours.

The Kii Peninsula points south away from Kyoto and Osaka and is one of the most remote and mystical areas of Japan, despite its proximity to these great cities. On the Kii Peninsula are the three Grand Shrines of Kumano, pilgrimage destinations for successive emperors and their families from Kyoto since the 11th century.


There were several pilgrimage trails including the Nakahechi-do, Kohechi-do and Ohechi-do, collectively known as the Kumano Kodo ('Old Road of Kumano'). Our walk focuses on both the Nakahechi-do and Kohechi-do, weaving through forested mountains and small villages first towards the Grand Shrine of Hongu and then onwards to the mountain-top temple complex of Mount Koya.



  • Village to village walking on enchanting sections of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

  • Bathe in the thermal waters at hot-spring inns on at least 4 nights

  • Stay at an authentic Shukubo pilgrims lodging on Mount Koya

  • See the atmospheric Grand Shrines at Hongu and Shingu

  • Enjoy wonderful views over the valleys and mountains on Kumano and Nara

  • Experience the warmth of local hospitality at a family-run Minshuku guesthouse

What's Included

  • 8 nights at Japanese inns along the Kumano Kodo trail

  • 8 breakfasts, at least 3 lunches and 8 dinners

  • Round-trip train tickets from Kyoto or Osaka

  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions

  • Topographical maps

  • Local support by telephone and at our Kumano Kodo branch

  • Our Preparing for your trip and Travelling in Japan Guidebooks

  • Optional orientation at our Kyoto office

What’s Excluded

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

  • Pay locally for bus journeys on Days 1, 3, 5, 6 and 9

  • Single room supplement(s) if required

  • Daily Luggage Transfer (additional information is available)