Kumano Kodo Trek - 4 Days

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Walk

Hakuba The "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" including Kumano Kodo were registered collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the first site in Japan to be registered as a "cultural landscape," a landscape created by prolonged interaction between nature and humans. Kumano Kodo is a collection of pilgrimage routes that lead to Kumano Sanzan from various places in Japan. There is no such property elsewhere in Japan and no similar property to be found elsewhere around the world; this area thus exhibits high value of a unique character.

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Video courtesy of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)


Day Itinerary (B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner)
Start up - Kumano Kodo Trail 1 (D)
  • Train from Kyoto / Osaka to Kii-Tanabe (3 hours)
  • Orientation
  • Bus from Kii-Tanabe to Yunomine Onesen (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Yunomine Onesen - Hongu
  • Bus from Hongu to Yunomine Onesen (10 minutes)
  • Sleep in Yunomine Onesen

    Walking distance : 3.5 km
    Time required : About 1.5 hours
    Difficult rating : 2

Kumano Kodo Trail 2 (B / L / D)
  • Bus from Yunomine Onesen to Ukegawa (10 minutes)
  • Walk Ukegawa to Koguchi
  • Sleep in Koguchi

    Walking distance : 13 km
    Time required : 4.5 - 6 hours
    Difficult rating : 4

Kumano Kodo Trail 3 (B / D)
  • Walk Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha
  • Sleep in Nachi

    Walking distance : 14.5 km
    Time required : 6 - 8 hours
    Difficult rating : 5

Tour End (B)
  • Bus from Nachisan to Kii Katsuura Station (20 min)
  • Train from Kii Katsuura to Osaka / Kyoto (4 hours)

Difficulty Ratings Criteria

Difficulty ratings are calculated with the combination of the following 6 criteria :
  • Distance
  • Time
  • Elevation gain and descent
  • Type of terrain e.g. mountain trail or paved road
  • Accessibility e.g. public bus routes
  • Isolation e.g. if there are people nearby
The range from 1 to 5 is as follows :

Difficult Ranking 1 :

  • Short distance
  • Minimal time to walk
  • Minimal elevation gain and descent
  • Easy terrain e.g. pavement or well maintained trail
  • Very accessible e.g. bus stops are nearby
  • Settled area e.g. people live along the trail or nearby

※ These walks are appropriate for the casual walker.

Difficult Ranking 5 :

  • Long distance
  • Full day walk
  • Steep elevation gain and descent
  • Difficult terrain eg. roots, steep uneven staircases, etc.
  • Limited accessibility
  • Remote area

※ These walks are appropriate for the prepared, experienced walker in good physical condition.


Accommodation - Kirinosato Takahara

Most of our accommodation is Japanese style guest house and they are share bathroom.

Accommodation - Kirinosato Takahara Room
※ Example images, actual hotels may vary.

Tour Condition

Tour Operator
Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau
Package Price
Length of trip
3 nights 4 days
Start City
Finish City
Total Walking Distance
31 km
Minimum Participant
2 Person
Single Room Supplement
3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 3 Dinners
Package Price Includes
3 Nights Accommodation, 7 Meals, Daily Luggage transfer X 2 (One piece of luggage per person), Orientation at Kii-Tanabe
Drinks, Transport services
Most of our accommodation is Japanese style guest house and they are share bathroom.
Booking Conditions
We request that you please read our booking conditions of travel before booking.