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Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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Tour Code: GTS3581111

Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

9 days 8 nights

fromUSD $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)


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Single Supplement: USD $435.00

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.

Experience the colors of autumn on a hike through the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail, a famous pilgrimage route. Enjoy the scenery of the warm orange and red-colored leaves as you hike throughout the mountainous range that lies south of Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. Spend four days on the well- preserved trail while traveling through deep valleys, mountains, and small villages. During your journey, rest at comfortable family-run inns, enjoy the local food, soak in natural hot springs, and visit various shrines. On your trek, visit three great Kumano Shrines – Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha. Let your English- speaking guide walk you through this ancient trail during the cool season of autumn.

Begin your journey in the city of Kyoto, where you will take the train south along the coast and spend four days hiking the Nakahechi Trail, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a day mid-way through your journey to relax with a pleasant ride along the Kumano River to Hayatama Taisha Shrine. Afterwards, we will cross the Kii Peninsula on foot heading towards the eastern fishing town, Katsuura. With a two- night stay at a hot-spring hotel along with an extra optional day of hiking, you will be able to relax and rejuvinate. Travel back to Kyoto by train to complete your journey. Relax and let All Japan Tours take care of the details along with your luggage transfers, breakfasts, and dinners, as you take in the stunning scenes of autumn.

Activity Level: Strenuous
Our strenuous tours contain several days of trail walking, with some days up to six hours or more of walking. There is significant ascent and/or descent on uneven terrain.

Who is a Strenuous tour designed for?
- We recommend strenuous tours for anyone who does regular full-day walking or hiking, and is comfortable walking for extended periods of time.
- We recommend our strenuous tours for people who are already fit and active.

This itinerary contains overnight stays at Western Hotels, Ryokans, and Minshukus. Ryokans and Minshukus are more traditional accommodations, with a more casual hospitality than you will find at a hotel. At both a Ryokan and a Minshuku, you will stay in a simply furnished room and sleep on a futon, which is laid on a tatami mat.
Some Ryokans may have private bathrooms attached to your room, but others only have public bathrooms used by all the guests. Minshukus usually offer only a public bathroom – meaning either a smaller bathroom used one guest at a time, or larger bathrooms separated by gender (male & female), and designed to be used by multiple guests at once.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. Sep 25, 2024 Thu. Oct 3, 2024 USD $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Wed. Oct 16, 2024 Thu. Oct 24, 2024 USD $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Sat. Nov 9, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 USD $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Sep 5, 2025 Sat. Sep 13, 2025 USD $3710.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Thu. Oct 23, 2025 USD $3710.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Mon. Nov 17, 2025 USD $3710.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.


A 20% deposit is required to hold the space at time of booking and final payment is due 2 months prior to departure. At least 4 passengers minimum are required to guarantee the tour’s departure. Booked passengers will be informed 3 months before the starting date if the tour is not guaranteed, and they will have the option to either cancel and refund the amount already paid, or transfer the payment to another tour.

What's included

  • • 8 nights in Western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan & Minshuku)
  • • All transportation between tour locations
  • • Forwarding of one item of luggage on 2 occasions
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 8 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • • For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. The Single Supplement for this tour only applies to Western-style hotels. For Ryokan / Minshuku / Temple Lodging, you will be paired with another traveler of the same gender.

Additional Information


Public transportation

Arrival Departure Airports

This tour starts and finishes in Kyoto for arrivals and departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

Airport meet and greet and airport transfers are NOT included, but we will provide with full instructions in advance.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Meet in Kyoto
  • Day2   Travel to the Kii Peninsula
  • Day3   Hike Takahara to Chikatsuyu
  • Day4   Hike Chikatsuyu to Hongu Grand Shrine
  • Day5   Boat ride on the Kumano River
  • Day6   Hike to Nachi Grand Shrine
  • Day7   Optional coastal hiking
  • Day8   Transfer to Kyoto
  • Day9   Tour ends

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