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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes
Ranked #1 of 95 things to do in Tanabe
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Most visitors take a short cut without going through the routes but directly to the shrine by bus or car, but we walked about 45 minutes along the ancient routes about have been to reach the beautiful wooden shrines. Unfortunately the shrine being renovated so it was closed yet we could walk in to see part of it. We walked further and could see the waterfall from the distance. It is good place to take picture. It is really one of there. I have been to many shrines at Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo but this shrine is of the best.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Very nice 4 day hike with amazing food in the lodges on the way. Not too busy, if there is no Japanese holiday. Make sure you try one of the Onsen in the Hongu area.

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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We spent 5 very enjoyable days hiking on the Nakahechi trails. There are very good local tourism websites in English helping you plan your walks and accommodation. Our itinerary was:
Train from Shin Osaka to Kii Tanabe, then bus from the station up to the Kumano Kodo information centre. From there we walked about 3.5km (mostly uphill!) to Takahara where we stayed in Kiri no Sato lodge (good food and excellent views)
Day two was 14km from there to Tsugizakura-oji where we stayed at Nonaka Sanso. This day included some forest trails and then some tiring walking on quiet village roads.
Day 3 we got a bus to Yunomine onsen to by-pass a long detour due to trail maintenance work. We then did the 17km Yunomine “loop” which is a fun mix of forests and villages, plus the beautiful Lumano Hongo Taisha. Stayed at the wonderful Yamane guesthouse with its excellent (and hot) mineral bath and its amazing hosts.
Day 4 saw a bus ride to Ukegawa from where we did a relatively easy 14km to Koguchi. There the hotel shuttle picked us up and we stayed overnight at Takata Greenland with its incredible onsen (indoor and outdoor baths plus a great herbal bath)
Day 5 started the walk at Koguchi over to Nachisan. 14km plus 3km for a detour due to a rockslide. This is a beautiful walk but VERY challenging as there’s a very steep climb in the first 4km. We stayed at Mitako Sanso in Nachisan which is a very convenient location for the waterfall, the local shops and the main bus stop
Day 6 Bus to Kii Katsura, train to Wakayama, then Hineno and finally to KIX (allow yourselves about 5-6 hours for this trip if you’re catching a flight)

Some lessons learned:
It can and does rain (sometimes very heavily) so be prepared
Pack lightly - you’ll be doing some steep paths
Do plenty of advance planning - accommodation is limited and also you need to choose walks that are suited to your fitness level. There aren’t always easy escapes to bus stops on some walks
Take your own water bottles - tap water is drinkable so fill up every morning. Villages have vending machines but try not to rely only on them
Buses are good but often infrequent - get the latest timetables from your accommodation as the ones online seemed to be either out of date or were misleading
No brainers - wear suitable footwear and don’t start the longer walks too late in the day as the trails are very dark after sunset. Also don’t ignore the detours or go off down the paths marked Not Kumano Kodo - if you get into trouble there won’t be anyone else coming along to help

5  Thank tarostra
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We walked 2 days on the route. From Tanabe to Hongu. It was absolutely amazing. Really nice routes, rather steep however. Great to see and feel the nature.

Thank AnnikaCF
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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 village, and it is not very easily accessible by public transport. But nevertheless, well worth the time and worth the experience.

Thank LaLouise13
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