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Kumano is located in the Kii Peninsula and spans into the Wakayama and Mie Prefectures. The Hongu, Nachi and Hayatama Taisha are the three famed shrines of the area.

In Kumano, the three shrines and pilgrimage routes are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine is located a few kilometers away from the hot spring of Katsuura, which is by the coast. It is one of three Kumano shrines along with Hayatama Taisha and Hongu Taisha. Collectively they are known as the Kumano Sanzan. This holy site started out from Shintoism until Buddhism was introduced in the 6th century into Japan. The buildings of the Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine have architecture that reflects both religions.

The Seigantoji is a three storied pagoda that is best known for having the Nachi Waterfall in the background. It is one of the few shrine temples that survived the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism that was conducted by the Japanese Government. From the Kumano Nachi Taisha you can see the tallest waterfall in Japan known as Nachi Waterfall. At 133 meters the waterfall was venerated long before organized religious doctrines formed in the area. It is said the deity of the waterfall is enshrined on the premises. Its powerful appearance is one of the reasons that the earliest Japanese people worshipped the waterfall and why it continues to be a popular spectacle.

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes visits the three shrines with the Nachi Grand Shrine as the main destination. On this route you can traverse to each location enjoying the nature surrounding these holy sites and be imbued with spiritual energy. The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route has existed for more than 1000 years and is still traveled by people to this day. There are five routes you can choose to travel through, which are Nakahechi, Ohechi, Iseji, Kohechi, and Omine Okugake. Nakahechi is one of the well preserved routes and easy to walk. Kohechi is a challenging route that requires much preparation as it connects Kumano to Koyasan, the center of Shingo Buddhism.

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Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

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Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring
Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Apr 10, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Save this tour Inquiry  
Mon. Apr 24, 2023 Tue. May 2, 2023 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Save this tour Inquiry  
Wed. May 10, 2023 Thu. May 18, 2023 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Nov 9, 2022 Thu. Nov 17, 2022 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Save this tour Inquiry  
Wed. Nov 1, 2023 Thu. Nov 9, 2023 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Save this tour Inquiry  
Wed. Nov 8, 2023 Thu. Nov 16, 2023 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Save this tour Inquiry  
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.
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Fri. Nov 4, 2022 Sat. Nov 12, 2022 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Save this tour Sold Out
Fri. Nov 3, 2023 Sat. Nov 11, 2023 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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The Pilgrimage Route of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.
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Tue. Apr 4, 2023 Wed. Apr 12, 2023 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 4, 2024 Fri. Apr 12, 2024 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.
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Sat. Oct 29, 2022 Sat. Nov 12, 2022 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Sold Out
Sat. Oct 28, 2023 Sat. Nov 11, 2023 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms

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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.
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Tue. Apr 4, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 4, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  

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