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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


Bear sightings on Kumano Kodo Kohechi near Totsukawa

Totsukawa Village reported sightings of Asiatic black bears on June 18, 2022, at the Nishinaka-otani-bashi bridge which is near the Kumano Kodo Kohechi trailhead between Totsukawa Onsen and Miura-guchi.
Avoid bears if possible, but if you encounter one, stay calm, do not run, make yourself seem bigger if possible, and make a lot of noise with your voice, by clapping, etc.
Report any signs (like footprints) or sightings to your inn or to the Totsukawa Village office at 0746-62-0004 (Japanese only).

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.

The Ogumotori-goe Route is open from March 9, 2022.

The detour at Ishikura-toge Pass has ended.
Please follow the original path and not the detour listed in some versions of the KUMANO KODO NAKAHECHI Pilgrimage Route Maps, p. 18.

For safety tips and detour, closure information.

Notice of Temporary Closure

Due to temporary closure of the KUMANO TRAVEL Travel Support Center as of Friday, April 1, 2022,last minute travel arrangements such as accommodation, luggage transport, will now be available at the TANABE Tourist Information Center next to JR Kii-Tanabe Station.

For more information about this:


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]

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