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Kumanokodo Kohechi Routemap

Mountainous Route to Kumano

The Kohechi Route of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage network links two sacred sites in the Kii Peninsula: Koyasan and Kumano.

It was formulated in the 13th-14th centuries and served as a transportation and pilgrimage route as it was the shortest way connecting Koyasan and Kumano Hongu Taisha. There are four passes of over 1000 meters along the more than 65-km route, with small settlements located in the river valleys, with some enjoyable hot springs including Tostukawa Onsen.

The journey takes four days with overnights in Koyasan, Omata, Miura-guchi, Totsukawa Onsen, and the Hongu area (Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen & Wataze Onsen). The northern sections are isolated with limited transportation and facilities. It is technically closed from mid-December to mid-March because of the possibility of snow-bound passes, although the most southern, Hatenashi-toge, is open year-round.

This route is for experienced walkers and can be walked in both directions. The passes are high and subsequently, the weather is variable with much rain, wind, and fog. Please be prepared.


The Kohechi route (Koyasan to Hongu) runs through the central part of the Kii Peninsula from north to south, and is some of the steepest of all the Kumano pilgrimage routes, crossing three passes at altitudes of over 1,000 meters, including Obako Peak, along the way. This is more challenging that the Nakahechi route, and recommended for advanced, experienced hikers only.

To ensure the safety of our guests, we require reservations in all the villages along the Kohechi route (Koyasan, Omata, Miura-guchi, and Totsukawa Onsen). Even if guests use KUMANO TRAVEL for part of the route, we will need to confirm the itinerary and accommodation for their entire Kohechi trip.

If we are unable to confirm, for your safety, partial requests will not be accepted.

※ Please note that currently only KUMANO TRAVEL is taking online bookings for the two inns in Miura-guchi. Please double-check when reviewing suggestions from other booking resources as the suggestions may be for a different village.

Thank you for your understanding.

Course Data

Kohechi Overview

Kohechi Accommodation

Hongu Area Accommodation

Kohechi Route Guide List

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