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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

熊野古道

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

Updates

The Yanagimoto Suspension Bridge in Totsukawa Onsen re-opens.

As of July 22, 2022, access to the Kumano Kodo Kohechi Route via the Yanagimoto Suspension Bridge near Totsukawa Onsen is open. The highway detour is no longer necessary.Please follow the path as noted in KUMANO KODO KOHECHI Pilgrimage Route Maps, p. 12-13.

Kumano Kodo Kohechi Route Detour: Totsukawa Onsen Area

The Yanagimoto Suspension Bridge in Totsukawa Village is closed and a detour is in place from July 20 (Wed) to 22 (Fri), 2022.
Hikers on the Kohechi should take the detour along National Highways 425 or 168 to 168 south across the bridge.
Please see KUMANO KODO KOHECHI Pilgrimage Route Maps, pages 12-13 for reference.

Detour and Closure information

Shiomi-toge Route Closure, July 11, 2022

Shiomi-toge to the west of Takijiri-oji is closed due to landslide cause by heavy rain on July 11,2022.

All Trail Detours & Closures

The Yanagimoto Suspension Bridge in Totsukawa Onsen re-opens.

As of July 6, 2022, access to the Kumano Kodo Kohechi Route via the Yanagimoto Suspension Bridge near Totsukawa Onsen is open. The highway detour is no longer necessary.
Please follow the path as noted in KUMANO KODO KOHECHI Pilgrimage Route Maps, p. 12-13.

Articles

Getting Started

KUMANO KODO
MAPS

Detailed pilgrimage route maps.

BUS
TIMETABLES

Local bus access information.

MODEL ITINERARIES

Sample trips for inspiration.

HOW-TO
VIDEOS

Short, fun and informational videos.

ARE YOU A DUAL
PILGRIM?

Way of St.James & the Kumano Kodo.

RESTAURANT
GUIDE

Find a place to dine on local cuisine.

OFFICIAL GUIDE
BOOK

A popular reference and souvenir book.

LUGGAGE SHUTTLE
& STORAGE

Baggage logistics during your trip.

Reservations

KUMANO TRAVEL

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
Accommodations
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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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