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    The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage is an immersive journey for the active inquisitive traveler.

Pilgrimage to Japan’s

Spiritual Origins

The ancient Kumano region is nestled in the verdant mountains of Wakayama Prefecture—the spiritual heartland of Japan. Worshipped for centuries, this lush and rugged area has been considered the abode of the gods.

Walk the spiritual Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, soak and relax in the healing waters of isolated onsen, dine on delicious local cuisine, interact with the friendly locals—what kind of adventures await you in this sacred land?

Kumano Kodo


For over 1000 years, people from all levels of society, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have made the arduous pilgrimage to the sacred sites in Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo, which stretched across the mountainous Kii Peninsula, weaving its way through remote villages and forests on a mixture of well-trodden trails and ancient cobblestone paths.

News & Stories


Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide for Kumano Kodo Visitors

Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide, a product of the nationwide travel assistance program, will resume on Saturday, November 5, and will continue until Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

※This campaign is for Japanese citizens and non-Japanese resident visa-holders only.

For more information:
Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide on the KUMANO TRAVEL Community Reservation System.

Re-booking Cancelled Reservations

For guests who had to cancel their accommodation and services because of Covid-19, please understand that making new requests is necessary.

Canceled reservations were released in the system, and there is no automated re-request function.

Re-booking Cancelled Reservations information

New Japan Travel Regulations from Oct 11, 2022

From October 11, 2022, Japan is re-opening with visa-free (for designated countries) unlimited number of international tourist. It is very important that you review the most current information before your travels, both your country of departure and that of Japan. We are not responsible for cancellations that are caused by guests that did not (or do not qualify) for entry into Japan in regards to Covid-19 boarder restrictions.

JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization):
COVID-19- Practical Information for Traveling to Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan:
Information about entering to Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare:
COVID-19: Current Japanese Border Measures

Yunomine Onsen Public Bath Re-opens April 2022

Yunomine Onsen Public Bath will reopen Saturday, April 23, 2022, after two years of renovation work.

The ticket machine for the UNESCO World Heritage onsen bath "Tsuboyu" will be relocated to the Public Bath ticket booth in the center of town near Toko-ji Temple.

Yunomine Onsen Public Bath information.


Getting Started


Detailed pilgrimage route maps.


Local bus access information.


Sample trips for inspiration.


Short, fun and informational videos.


Way of St.James & the Kumano Kodo.


Find a place to dine on local cuisine.


A popular reference and souvenir book.


Baggage logistics during your trip.



Official Community Reservation System

KUMANO TRAVEL is the official community reservation system for the region, an international award-winning new model of grassroots tourism development. By making reservations locally with KUMANO TRAVEL you are directly supporting our community.

Over 1000 Years’ Experience, Quality Personal Service, Intimate Knowledge, Locally Owned & Operated, Travelers’ Safety Net, Responsible & Sustainable, Freedom to Discover, Secure Booking, Onsite Travel Support Center…

One of the most progressive tourism outfits in all Japan. [Lonely Planet]

KUMANO TRAVEL Kumano Kodo accommodations reservations
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Tours & Activities
Kumano Kodo Luggage Shuttle
Travel Services
Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Nakahechi
Model Itineraries

Amazing resource of information! We couldn’t have planned the trip without it. [Guest]

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