Japan's Kumano Kodo

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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-18947
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
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  • Explore beautiful and fascinating Kyoto
  • Enjoy historic pilgrimage walks along the Kumano Kodo
  • Immerse in Japanese culture off the beaten track
  • Walk the Nakasendo Way from Tsumago to Magome
  • Learn about the pearl-collecting Ama Divers while staying in Toba
  • Stay in charming Kiso Fukushima
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The "Japan's Kumano Kodo" tour starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo. It is a trekking and hiking trip that takes 14 days taking you through Nonaka, Toba, Kawayu Onsen and 6 other destinations in Japan. "Japan's Kumano Kodo" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

After uncovering ancient shrines and pathways in Kyoto, we head off the beaten track to the Kumano Kodo region, one of the most remote and rewarding pilgrimage routes in Japan. This moderate walking trip focuses on beautiful scenery, nature and rural life, while following some of the most historic walks in the country. Staying in traditional ryokans along the way, we fully immerse in authentic Japanese culture and way of life. After, we visit Toba to learn about the pearl-collecting Ama Divers and embark on one last pilgrimage walk on the Nakasendo Way, before re-entering modern civilisation in Tokyo.
  • Day 1: Start Kyoto
  • Day 2: Hike to the Kibune shrine; onto Kurama temple; return to Kyoto
  • Day 3: Walk on the ancient Yamanobe-no-michi
  • Day 4: Morning walk to the Fushimi Inari shrine; free time in Kyoto before train to Tanabe
  • Day 5: Start walking the Kumano Kodo. Bus transfer to Takajiri-oji; hike to Nonaka passing Takahara village
  • Day 6: Walk in the forest, crossing rivers and ancient shrines; transfer by local bus to Yunomine Onsen
  • Day 7: Follow the old spiritual path from Ukegawa to Koguchi; transfer to Kawayu Onsen; enjoy views of the Kumano mountains
  • Day 8: Walk past historic sites and enjoy wonderful views to Nachi Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha
  • Day 9: Travel by train to Toba in the rural Mie prefecture; learn about the Ama Divers on Mikimoto Pearl Island
  • Day 10: Osatsu village followed by lunch at the Ama hut; visit Ise Shrine
  • Day 11: Scenic train journey to Kiso Fukushima
  • Day 12: Walk a section of the ancient Nakasendo Way from Tsumago to Magome
  • Day 13: Train to Tokyo; free time to explore
  • Day 14: End Tokyo
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, six lunches and nine dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (single supplements valid 5 nights only)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers (not available on this tour)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Japan's Kumano Kodo tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 May 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 May 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Japan's Kumano Kodo tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Japan's Kumano Kodo tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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