Japan's Kumano Kodo

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
  • +10
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 Kyoto, Tanabe, Yunomine 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 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 4280 reviews
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“If there is one trek you do in Europe, it has to be this one. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a classic. Stunning scenery, 3 countries in 2 weeks, great walking and the chance to really stretch the legs! No two days are the same as each walk has different terrain and views. I was there in early July and the wildflowers were amazing throughout.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“Amazing country, beautifully seen from the seat of a bicycle. So many unusual sights - friendly people (attractive, relaxed, smiling, shouting hello); fields of rice, coffee, rubber, eucalyptus, dragon fruit, etc., farmers herding brown cows and water buffalo; basic living conditions, cooking, eating and washing-up in the open, spilling out onto pavement; scooters everywhere and crazy driving but it seems to work, no road rage; great respect for older people and ancestors (colourful cemeteries and every house has small ancestral shrine). Came back with a real feel for the country, wanting to learn more.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“We really loved this cycling holiday! - more than I was expecting, as some of the prior reviews had been less than stellar, but Exodus have made changes and it went very well indeed.
The Burmese people, scenery, climate,and food were all wonderful. We were in a great group of 10 of varying ages, interests and stories to share.
Before leaving I was concerned that maybe there might not be enough cycling for my taste, but it was enough for me, and typical of their other moderate cycling holidays. I see this as a use cycling as an enabler to see the real Myanmar, rather than as a cycling holiday in a nice location. The total distance is around 440km over 11 days, ranging from 16 to 60 km.
Hotels were overall good; better than Id anticipated. Most provided coffee making stuff, hot showers. Some were wonderful with pools and spas. Wifi was provided in all, but their access to the internet was poor so it was common to connect but have no access, or very slow intermittent access.
The bikes are new Trek Marlin 7s with 29 wheels on the larger frames, and 650s (I think) on the smaller. They were meticulously maintained by the mechanic. Tires were fat, which I realized were needed within a few km on our first day there are several off-road sections with rocks or soft sand, which would be very muddy in the wet season. Roads were excellent with few significant potholes (way better than in India on last years trip, or back home in Canada). The support team provided water, sports-drink powder, fruit and snacks at the rest stops, which were generally every 15km or so.”
  • 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.


A deposit of 795 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 26 January 2021 full payment is required.

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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