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Self-guided Kumano Kodo walk

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Walking Japan’s Kumano Kodo

Pilgrimage to Japan’s Spiritual Origins. Walk and discover the ancient Kumano Kodo trail.

Stay in traditional Japanese Minshuku and Ryokan home-stay style accommodation.

Enjoy delicious traditional, regional and seasonal cuisine, cooked by your hosts.

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Kumano Kodo self-guided walking package

6 Nights

Traditional and authentic Minshuku or Ryokan homestay style accommodation

5 Days

Walking the Nakahechi Imperial Route, plus a rest day to explore Yunomine Onsen.

16 Meals

6 x Traditional Japanese regional and seasonal dinners and breakfasts, plus 4 x lunch boxes.


This package starts from $1790 AUD per person, based on twin share.

Our packages also include self guide maps, a pre-walk briefing, and Local Support.

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Hiking Trails Pty Ltd is an Australian based hiking travel information service and booking company, specialising in the Kumano Kodo walk and pilgrimage trail in Japan.

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At Hiking Trails we only sell walks that we have completed ourselves and loved, ensuring that we know what we’re talking about and can offer valuable experience and trusted advice when managing your booking.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Excellent Service Amazing Outdoor Japanese Experience”

A huge thanks to Hiking Trails for organising our Kumano Kodo hike for my partner and I. Being from a small town in New Zealand, then travelling to Japan was somewhat overwhelming for the two of us, but the itinerary we were given from Nick and his team helped to make our journey stress free. The hiking was unreal, with amazing views throughout (it even snowing during one of the days). What really made the trip though was being able to really experience Japanese culture, from the unique accommodation, the authentic food and the local people we were able to meet on the way, which wouldn’t have been possible without these guys, once again, thanks you!!

Matt and Solita

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“True Japanese experience”

Nick at Hiking Trails needs to be congratulated for organising our self-guided Kumano Kodo hike and experience!
From the moment we arrived at Kii Tanabe and briefed by a very professional young lady at the information centre (all organised by Nick!) to every single place we stayed along the way which were brilliantly chosen. The owners of the lovely Japanese minshuku accommodation were very, very friendly and all presented us with incredible & delicious authentic Japanese suppers, breakfasts & lunches to take with us on our next days trek.
The hike was very enjoyable and gave us the true Japanese experience we were looking for. We would highly recommend Hiking Trails and Nick to anyone looking for a self guided adventure trek.

Amanda and Martin Moore

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Green, green, green”

As a trio we recently completed the five day Kumano Kodo. Nick planned a brilliant six days for us and nothing was left to chance. It was exceptional from the get-go and an amazing experience. The landscape was green, green, green! We were immersed in the clouds, the forest, the water; an abundance of breathtaking vistas. It was demanding but achievable – we. Walked the entire route in changing weather. The hospitality and kindness we received (and the fantastic food) was very special. Thank you Nick!

Toni E Meath

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The Kumano Kodo

The Kumano Kodo is a series of ancient pilgrimage trails that cross over Kii Peninsula on the bottom east corner of Honshu, the main island of Japan.

The walk starts near the small city of Tanabe which is located a couple of hours train ride from Osaka, and ends at Nachi Taisha Grand Temple and waterfalls or in Kii Katsuura seaside fishing town having completed the Nakahechi Imperial Route.

The various Kumano Kodo walks take in up to three of the Great Shrines of Kumano; Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

Accommodation along the Kumano Kodo is most authentically experienced by staying in the Minshuku and Ryokan which are small Japanese guest-houses in the villages along the walk, some of which have Japanese ‘onsen’ baths, and many of which can offer guests house prepared traditional and seasonal Japanese.

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