Kumano Kodo Stopover
The small mountain village of Koguchi is nestled along the Akagi-gawa River almost directly in-between Hongu and Nachi for those walking the Kogumotori-goe and Ogumotori-goe routes.
In the summer, it is refreshing to put your feet in the river after a hot day’s hike.
The Kogumotori-goe route completes just a kilometer north of town at Kowaze where once a ferry used to stop and pick up passengers. There is a toilet here just across the bridge.
It is just a kilometer south to the center of town. Nearby you can find Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie which was converted into an inn from an old junior high school many years ago. There is also a campground not far away.
The start of the rugged and challenging Ogumotori-goe route is just a couple hundred meters south of the inn. There had been a small shop for travelers but will close soon.
Koguchi Area Accommodation
As accommodation is limited in Koguchi, consider other options which may require a shuttle or local bus to get you to your inn.
Koguchi Access by Public Bus via Kanmaru
There are public buses to/from Koguchi. Coming from the Hongu area a transfer at Kanmaru is needed.
There are limited direct busses to/from Shingu, otherwise, a transfer at Kanmaru is needed (pictured right)
NOTE: bus times are sometimes different on weekends and weekdays.
Koguchi Bus Timetables