Japan’s Kumano Kodo

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  • Explore the beautiful and fascinating Kyoto
  • Sleep in traditional Japanese Ryokans, guesthouses and inns
  • Historic pilgrimage walks along the Kumano Kodo
  • Beautiful scenery and nature
  • Be immersed in Japanese culture off the beaten track
  • Walk the Nakasendo Way from Tsumago to Magome
  • Learn about the famous Ama divers whilst staying in Toba
  • Stay in charming Kiso Fukushima



Day 1

Start Kyoto

Day 2

Hike to the Kibune shrine; onto Kurama temple; return to Kyoto

Day 3

Walk on the historic Yamano be no michi; one of Japan’s oldest still existing path roads

Day 4

Morning walk to the Fushimi Inari Shrine; free time in Kyoto before train to Tanabe

Day 5

Start walking the Kumano Kodo; a series of ancient pilgrimage routes. Bus transfer to Takajiri-oji; Hike to Nonaka passing Takahara village

Day 6

Walk in the forest, crossing rivers and ancient shrines; transfer by local bus to Yunomine Onsen

Day 7

Follow the old spiritual path from Ukegawa to Koguchi; transfer to Kawayu Onsen; enjoy views of the surrounding Kumano mountain range

Day 8

Walk past historic sites and wonderful views to Nachi Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the Kumano Kodo’s main pilgrimage destinations

Day 9

Travel by train to Toba, located in the rural Mie prefecture; learn about the famous Ama divers on Mikimoto Pearl Island

Day 10

Osatsu village followed by lunch at the Ama hut; visit Ise Shrine

Day 11

Scenic train journey to charming Kiso Fukushima

Day 12

Walk a section of the ancient Nakasendo Way from Tsumago to Magome

Day 13

Train to Tokyo; free time to explore

Day 14

End Tokyo



  • 8 nights in traditional guesthouses/ryokans in Japanese style rooms (shared bathrooms) and 5 nights in comfortable hotels (en suite)
  • 8 days guided walking
  • Low altitude throughout with some longer steep ascents/descents
  • Travel by train, local buses and metro
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations on some walk days as required
  • Countries visited: Japan


  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group arrival transfer (for group flight)
  • Free departure transfer by shuttle service (must be booked in advance before trip commences with Exodus and is subject to availability)

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