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Address: Nakahechicho / Hongucho /Nachikatsuuracho, 646-0000
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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including...
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A fantastic hike and was a highlight of our trip

This is a fantastic hike and was a highlight of our trip. We began the walk from Kirin-o-sato guesthouse (Marker 7) and over two days walked as far as Hongu (marker 75). We stayed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Reading, United Kingdom

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Reading, United Kingdom
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420 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic hike and was a highlight of our trip. We began the walk from Kirin-o-sato guesthouse (Marker 7) and over two days walked as far as Hongu (marker 75). We stayed overnight in Tsugizakura-oji. The walk was more strenuous than expected, though doable for anybody with moderate fitness. Some of the climbs are quite steep. It is... More 

2 Thank jgp1991
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Kumano Kodo pilgrimage started in Koyasan after an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple. Via the Kohechi route we reached the Hongu Taisha shrine in four long days. Continuing on for another two days on the Nakahechi route we arrived at our end point, the Nachi Taisha shrine-temple complex. This hike is challenging and remote, a true pilgrimage, but... More 

1 Thank ILX959
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This walk is a wonderful blend of traditional Japanese life style fantastic Japanese food and hospitality and a physical challenge We did the walk over 6 days with a days break in the middle For fit people it could be done in 4 but we wanted to savour the experience The walk itself has lots of stairs up and down... More 

5 Thank Chris M
Portland, Oregon
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84 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I hike the whole Nakahechi 3-Day hike with my friend. It was one of the hardest and coolest things I've ever done. The first day we hiked from the pilgrimage center to Takahara. It was all uphill and tough, but oh so gorgeous! We loved our stay at Takahara Organic lodge. Then, we traveled two more days. The final day,... More 

4 Thank TakingTheBigBreak428
Paris, France
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We took the "imperial route" from Tanabe through Hongu to Shingu, and we did it in 3 days (with 10+ hours walking each day). So, it is a very long hike, steadily going up and down through deep woods and alongside crystal clear water. Along the way there are many shrines and some temples. We were surprised not to meet... More 

Southport, United Kingdom
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543 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We didn't have a lot of time left in our Japan travels so we did the one day hike: the Hongu Loop. Starting in Yunomine Onsen, we walked up a hill and through a forest, spotting a huge toad, forest crabs and Japanese macaques on the way. Our trip also took us through a temple area and some farmland with... More 

3 Thank PsychoSavager
Bilambil Heights, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We researched this online , and trained for the walk, but were nevertheless surprised at the difficulty of some sections of the walk from Takajira to Hongu Taisha. Make sure you keep to the Kumono Kodo path at road crossings, it is very well posted ( we took a wrong turn , as did some other travellers we talked to... More 

1 Thank enjoyingitnow
Hong Kong, China
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

It's a tough trail, if you do it alone. Not because it's spooky and there are wild animals around, but if something happens, you are very far away from getting any help. On some parts of it I would not meet a single soul for hours. I went upwards, from Kii Tanabe to Hongu Taisha(bus), then started the Kohecshi trail... More 

3 Thank Tanja S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I had never heard of the Kumano Kodo, but I knew I would be in Osaka for a business trip and was looking for a bit of a walking holiday after. Once I did my research, I planned the trip myself and booked accommodation to see me through: a stay in Kii-Tanabe so I could start the walk early the... More 

8 Thank debiddo
Queenstown, New Zealand
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182 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

This was on my bucket list to do before I left Japan. Start early, depending on your speed and also check out the elevations too to estimate how long you need. Don't expect it to be easy, but it's an amazing and refreshing experience.

1 Thank Jo S

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