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Some tough sections, but hikers who like a challenge will love it

We did this in sections from Takijiri to Takahara (the most difficult, demanding a 1200 ft, ascent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Everything I hoped for but more challenging than I expected

I chose to do the four day trip from Takijiri-oji which in terms of distance was well within my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Merseyside England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did this in sections from Takijiri to Takahara (the most difficult, demanding a 1200 ft, ascent on rocky root-bound trails), on to Chikatsuyu, then to the Yunomine onsen, one of the oldest hot spring sites in the country. We finished the pilgrimage via 90...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mvidro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose to do the four day trip from Takijiri-oji which in terms of distance was well within my capabilities but I found the climb up through forested areas, where the floor is nothing much but tree roots, quite a challenge. The very first section...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ItsAllOne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great help was provided by the Kumano Travel and especially to one lady staff at the Tanabe Tourist Information Centre. Didn’t capture her name but she spoke impeccable English and offered tremendous ideas and suggestions that make our trips more rewarding. We were pretty apprehensive...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank G_filled
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Walked from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu Taisha, about 7km, rather easy and scenic section of Nakahechi route, with local Kararibe (Story teller). The story was interesting how pilgrims (aristocrats and commoners alike) prepared their journey and went through exact paths we were walking in ancient time....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Minstrel115
Reviewed 29 October 2018

A unique mix of local culture, mind-blowing scenery, challenge and comradery culminating in a sense of achievement and appreciation of what the pilgrims achieved.

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank J002468
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

This hike is not for the fainthearted. Hiking boots, poles, and guys required. Beauty, nature and spiritually abound. Go in fall, nice and Cool

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 10 October 2018

This is a beautiful walk. Bit steep in places but not too difficult. I've walked the camino, and this is much easier and very scenic. The Kumano Travel people who take the bookings were incredibly helpful. We stayed one night in the Happiness cottage in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ColinRichardBowles
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Having done the Inca Trail some years ago and being inspired by it's beauty I am now pleased to be doing a few days walking in this beautiful place. A must for any avid walker!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Paul A
Reviewed 19 September 2018

The routes were clearly marked and definitely worth the trek. Some parts can get a bit slippery or tricky due to the stones, roots and the fact that it does rain a lot in the area but the sceneries are gorgeous. Near most shrines you...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank LuciaA2113
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Our Kumano Kodo experience were cut short because of typhoon Jebi. We were only able to walk for 1 day to Organic hotel Kirino-Sato Takahara withtyphoon Jebi forecasted to hit hard on Wakayama in 2 days. This first day walk is mostly steep climbs, slippery...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank L2041GYkimh
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19 September 2018|
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Response from jeffOnTheRoad2010 | Reviewed this property |
The paths I hiked on were broad enough that being scratched by plants would not be an issue.
11 July 2018|
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Response from Saranger | Reviewed this property |
Shipping luggage is very easy if booked in advance through the Tanabe Kumano Kodo travel agency tb-kumano. We did and it was a breeze! It’s expensive (about $20/bag) but so very worth it.
Samantha M
6 April 2018|
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Response from crissycat_12 | Reviewed this property |
We used Raw Travel, which is an Australian based travel group to book our trip. They were fantastic. They provided us with very thorough trip notes and booked our accommodation and our luggage transfer from village to... More