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A brisk walk requiring good shoes and strong legs!

There are so many stories about the Kumano Kodo, each of them adding more significance to the... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Rijswijk, The Netherlands
One of two UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimage Routes

I have walked the Camino de Santiago three times and have wanted to do something similar yet... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

There are so many stories about the Kumano Kodo, each of them adding more significance to the route. We hiked from the base of the waterfalls to the shrine, a very worthwhile trip only taking an hour round trip. Not much to do in the...More

Thank LaLouise13
Reviewed 8 April 2018

I have walked the Camino de Santiago three times and have wanted to do something similar yet different. And so we chose the Kumano Kodo. We spent five days on the Kumano Kodo walking, enjoying the onsens, paying respect at the Grand Shrines, and enjoying...More

3  Thank Saranger
Reviewed 8 April 2018

As pilgrimage routes go, Kumano Kodo's pedigree is surpassed only by the Camino de Santiago. The trails are well signalled and maintained, and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau has an excellent website with lots of information and a platform for the booking of accommodations...More

1  Thank alfcr
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We spent a week walking this wonderful pilgrimage route. The scenery far exceeded my expectations as did the whole experience. The route is well marked with a lot of challenging parts. I learnt so much about the ancient Japanese culture that I think I would...More

1  Thank crissycat_12
Reviewed 23 March 2018

It was a mystic 3 hours walk in rainy weather but nevertheless we enjoyed the many niceaspects of nature and villages.

Thank Katharina S
Reviewed 16 March 2018

I spent 4 days with a group of friends on the trail. Bliss for nature lovers and those interested in Shinto buddhism ...we stayed in local villages and onsen at the end.

1  Thank AnnaC12052
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

I decided to do the trail very last minute. Even though I had done lots of research prior to the trip, I had no idea how I would cope doing on my own. It turned out it was VERY straightforward, fun and an incredible experience....More

5  Thank Vietnamese_traveller
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Walked the Camino and looking for something new? Walk Kumano Kodo. Well signposted along beautiful forest trails. Very few people walking (in Winter) so we were walking only nearly always. Really beautiful.

1  Thank Slapheado
Reviewed 12 January 2018

I never used to have time for people moaning about the cedar monoculture in Japan. Cedars are wonderful trees! Hiking in Japan is always great! But ... after a few days, the gloom does get to you, and you start to feel like you are...More

1  Thank erichschlaikjer
Reviewed 24 December 2017

We did the Kumano Kodo pilgramage route on a KumanoCamino Tour operated by two fellow Australians Alison-san and Carolyn-san, and it was a fabulous trip with faultless organisation and where the guides had boundless enthusiasm for the Japanese culture. While the walks were very good,...More

1  Thank Paulsy_56
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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.
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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