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Kumano Kodo Suggested Walks

There are many options for walking the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage route. You can do a few minutes walk to a week long trek through the mountains. Walking times can vary depending on walking pace and rest times. Please give yourself lots of time to enjoy the mountains of Kumano safely. Also be prepared for rain, it is an area with lots of precipitation.

2 day walks
1 day walks
Half day walks
Multi-day walks

2 day walks

Takijiri-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha

For this walk you will need to stay the first night in Tanabe.  Then the next morning take the bus to Takijiri-oji to begin the walk.

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 * Buses stop at Chikatsuyu-oji, so you can choose to do one or both days walk.
※ It is best to stay the night in Tanabe before your walk, or stay in Takahara for the first night, if you are planning to come from Osaka or Kyoto. Even if you take the earliest train and bus from Osaka or Kyoto, you will not have sufficient time to complete the entire walk from Takijiri to Chikatsuyu or Nonaka.

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Hongu area to Kumano Nachi Taisha

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*This walk is good either direction
*It can also be easily linked up with the walk from Takijiri-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha 
(If you do that it is nice to have a rest day in Hongu to enjoy the onsens and countryside atmosphere)

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Day Walks

Hongu Loop

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Half Day walks

Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha

 

 

*Bring a lunch as there are no facilities along the trail that offer regular service.

Kumano Hongu Taisha to Yunomine Onsen (Dainichi-goe route)

 

Be careful on the stone staircase, as the moss can be slippery when wet.

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Multi-day walks

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