Japan's Kumano Kodo

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • Trekking
  • Hiking
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
  • +10
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore the beautiful and fascinating Kyoto
  • Sleep in traditional Japanese Ryokans, guesthouses and inns
  • Historic pilgrimage walks along the Kumano Kodo
  • Beautiful scenery and nature
The Japan's Kumano Kodo tour starts from Kyoto and ends in Tokyo. It is a trekking tour that takes 14 days taking you through Yunomine Onsen, Tanabe, Kyoto 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 Kyoto’s most ancient shrines and pathways, we head off the beaten track to the Kumano Kodo region; one of Japan's most remote and rewarding pilgrimage routes. This moderate walking trip focuses on beautiful scenery and nature, rural life, and following in the footsteps of religious pilgrimages on some of the country’s most historic walks. Staying in traditional ryokans along the way, this journey invites full immersion into the authentic Japanese culture and way of life. Afterwards, we visit Toba to learn about the famous Ama Divers and embark on one last pilgrimage walk on the famous Nakasendo Way, before entering back into the modern civilisation of Tokyo!
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Based on 4,280 reviews
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“Very enjoyable trip, expertly guided by Alan, taking in stunning scenery along pretty quite roads with great food and company along the way.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“I arranged for a party of five friends to participate on this trip. We all came back full of praise for the quality of the organisation, the food, the accommodation, the variety and fulsome nature of every day, the friendliness of the group, the excellence of the guide. We were particularly impressed, and relieved, by the efficiency and care with which our guide and Exodus leapt into action to get us home when we learnt there was going to be an airport strike. It all went as smoothly as anyone could have hoped for. This was my fifth trip with Exodus and its a company I feel I can fully trust.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This was an amazing trip from beginning to end, with the perfect balance between being active with the hiking, and culture. We were lucky to have amazing weather on both Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. Fuji, offering up stunning views of the Japanese alps and the area surrounding Mt. Fuji. Pictures could not do justice to what we saw and experienced. In addition to the two mountains, other highlights for me were the Ryokan - an overnight stay at a traditional local guesthouse, and cycling around Lake Kawaguchi on our day off.”
  • Day 1: Start Kyoto
  • Day 2: Hike to the Kibune shrine; onto Kurama temple; return to Kyoto
  • Day 3: Walk on the historic Yamano be no michi; one of Japan’s oldest still existing path roads
  • Day 4: Morning walk to the Fushimi Inari Shrine; free time in Kyoto before train to Tanabe
  • Day 5: Start walking the Kumano Kodo; a series of ancient pilgrimage routes. 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 surrounding Kumano mountain range
  • Day 8: Walk past historic sites and wonderful views to Nachi Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the Kumano Kodo’s main pilgrimage destinations
  • Day 9: Travel by train to Toba, located in the rural Mie prefecture; learn about the famous 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 charming 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
  • 8 nights in traditional guesthouses/ryokans in Japanese style rooms (shared bathrooms) and 5 nights in comfortable hotels (en suite) , Luggage transfers between accommodations on some walk days as required , All accommodation 
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group arrival transfer (for group flight)
  • 8 days guided walking 
  • Low altitude throughout with some longer steep ascents/descents
  • Travel by train, local buses and metro
  • Free departure transfer by shuttle service (must be booked in advance before trip commences with Exodus and is subject to availability)
  • Any international flights to Kyoto and from Tokyo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Japan's Kumano Kodo tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Japan's Kumano Kodo tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 20 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 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 travelling 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.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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