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 Kumano Kodo Highlights 

TOUR COST from AUD1,540.00** Per Person Twin Share

Day 1: Arrival in Tanabe (-/-/D)


Upon arrival to Kii-Tanabe Station, our guide will provide a welcome and escort to the tourist information center for a brief orientation on Kumano Kodo –, its history and a more detailed explanation of its pilgrimage trails.

Feel free to stop by one of the local restaurants before catching the bus to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest and most historical hot spring resorts in Japan discovered almost 2,000 years ago. It is said that ancient pilgrims frequented this place for cleansing before praying at Kumano Hongu Taisha.


Accommodation will to be in one of the traditional inns that surround Tsuboyu, a small enclosed hot spring built along the river. It was said that its waters healed and revived one of Japan’s legendary warriors when he went to Yunomine to seek refuge.


Overnight in Yunomine Onsen


Distance and journey time (approximation):

Shin-Osaka Sta. / Kyoto Sta. to Kii-Tanabe Sta.: 2-2.5 h

Kii-Tanabe Sta. to Yunomine Onsen Bus Stop: 1 h 50 min

Day 2: Yunomine Onsen – Kawayu Onsen


After an early breakfast, get on the bus to Hosshinmon-oji, the starting point of the trail that leads to Kumano Hongu Taisha. This 7-kilometer road passes through a mixture of forested paths and small farm villages and promises stunning views from a couple of observation points.

End the hike at Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the three grand shrines in Kumano Kodo dedicated to the worship of the forests in Hongu. It is also the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines spread out in the country.


Descend from the shrine’s stone steps and walk to Oyunohara, the site of the largest torii gate in Japan and the original location of Hongu Taisha.


Catch the bus to Kawayu Onsen, a one-of-a-kind hot spring that has its geothermal waters stored beneath the cool Ota River.

In this hot spring resort, ready-to-use outdoor onsen baths are prepared for guests, but it’s quite an experience to dig a separate bath and witness the rush of onsen waters from the ground. During the colder months of December, January, and February, a 600-sqm hot spring bath called Sennin-buro (bath for a thousand people) is built along the river.


Overnight in Kawayu Onsen


Distance and journey time (approximation):

Yunomine Onsen Bus Stop to Hosshinmon-oji Bus Stop: 30 min

Hongu Taisha-mae Bus Stop to Kawayu Onsen Bus Stop: 10 min


Trekking information (approximation):

Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha: 6.9 km; 3 h


Elevation change (approximation):

Hosshinmon-oji: at 314 m

Kumano Hongu Taisha: at 93 m

Day 3: Kawayu Onsen – Katsuura


After breakfast, start the day early for the cruise along Kumano-gawa River on a traditional boat. For over a millennium, pilgrims have been crossing this river to visit Hayatama Taisha in Shingu. The 90-minute boat ride features the other side of Kumano Kodo, which can be refreshing after a day of hiking through the mountains.


While in Shingu, visit Hayatama Taisha, another Kumano Sanzan grand shrine dedicated to one of the gods that was believed to have discovered Japan.


Within walking distance from the shrine are Kamikura-jinja Shrine and Gotobiki-wa Rock which can be visited before catching the train or bus from Shingu Station to Katsuura, a small yet popular fishing village in the Pacific Ocean.


Note: The boat pilgrimage is available from March to November (10:00, 1.5 h). Guests are requested to arrive 30 minutes earlier for the orientation.


Overnight in Katsuura


Distance and journey time (approximation):

Kawayu Onsen to Hitari Bus Stop: 25 min

Shingu to Katsuura: 15-40 min (bus/train)

Day 4: Departure from Katsuura


Before leaving Kumano Kodo, travel to Daimon-zaka and walk along the 600-meter long cobblestone staircase situated at the foot of Mt. Nachi.

Along the road is a small shop called Daimon-zaka Chaya, where traditional Heian clothes can be rented. Right at the entrance to the slope is a pair of 800-year-old cedar trees called “Meoto-sugi.”

Emerge from the slope and take the stairs to Kumano Nachi Taisha situated halfway through the mountains (350 meters above sea level). This shrine is one of the main pilgrimage destinations in Japan, with its religious foundation originating from the ancient worship of Nachi Falls, the tallest waterfall in the country.


Get on a local bus to Kii-Katsuura Station for the train to the next destination.


Distance and journey time (approximation):

Kii-Katsuura Station to Daimonzaka Chushajo-mae Bus Stop: 20 min

Taki-mae Bus Stop to Kii-Katsuura Station: approx. 25 mins (bus)


Trekking information (approximation):

Daimon-zaka entrance to Mt. Nachi parking lot: 900 m; 25 min

Mt. Nachi parking lot to Nachi Taisha Shrine: 400 m; 10 min

Nachi Taisha to viewing point for Nachi Falls: 900 m; 15 min

Viewing point to Taki-mae Bus Stop: 300 m; 5 min


Elevation change (approximation):

Entrance to Daimon-zaka: at 100 m

Mt. Nachi parking lot: at 250 m

Nachi Taisha Shrine: at 390 m

Viewing point: at 210 m

Taki-mae Bus Stop: at 215 m

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TOUR PRICES :  FROM AUD1,540.00  per person

Pricing Notes:

  • Japan experiences dramatic pricing fluctuations based on Festivals, Domestic holidays and in some instances on weekends. Please consult with your Travel Consultant for exact pricing over a specific date. Reservations during weekends, peak season, and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges. 

  • Notes:

  • Local guides can be arranged (subject to availability and supplementary charges). Please contact your Travel Consultant for more information.

  • For safety reasons, some public transport may stop operating in case of unfavorable weather conditions.

  • Please inform your Travel Consultant of any special dietary requirements and/or physical conditions that you may have.

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Package includes
  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board)

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

  • Train tickets from Kyoto to Kii-Tanabe on Day 1 and from Kii-Katsuura to Toba (Mie) or Shin-Osaka on Day 4 (reserved seats, ordinary class)

  • Orientation on Day 1

  • Luggage forwarding service on Days 2 and 3 (1 piece of luggage per person)

  • Information pack

NOT Included in the tour prices
  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)

  • Guide services, entrance fees, and some transportation fees (i.e. local city buses, etc.)

  • Meals other than mentioned above

  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)

  • Travel insurance (please see below)

  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above



  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation).  Please ask your Aussienet Holidays consultant for a quote.

  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 15:00 on arrival day till 10:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

  • Please note that all of the above services and tours have yet to be booked. They are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.

  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the time of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

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