Kumano Kodo Customer Experiences

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Mystical & Challenging Trek

“Absolutely loved the Kumano Kodo. Beautiful, mystical, challenging and renewing. The nature and scenery are breathtaking. I walked the trail solo and felt confident to navigate and manage on my own. The accommodation and food were excellent. Nothing better than an outdoor onsen after a long day walking!”

Felicity Hale (NSW) - June 2018
Kumano Kodo Trail (7 days)

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I loved it all!

“To experience such an ancient tradition as the Kumano Kodo trek was a privilege, with the local cuisine a bonus. Koyasan was an absolute gem – who would think that half a day in a cemetery could be so engrossing! And the temple cuisine – absolutely stunning. Kyoto at peak cherry blossom time was stunning and I loved the way the Japanese people enjoyed this special time. I loved the Japanese people – so kind, courteous and helpful! I loved it all.”

Barbara Madden (WA) - April 2017
Kumano Kodo, Koyasan & Kyoto (12 days)

A really great experience

"The experience of walking the Kumano Kodo was fantastic. So different from the Camino but so beautiful and unique as well. The warm hospitality, the food, the onsens at the end of each day made it such a special walk. It's definitely challenging but if you train and go adequately prepared then it's a really great trek. And gaining my dual pilgrim status was well worth the effort!

Kelly Hawkins, Auckland (NZ) –  November 2018
Kumano Kodo, Koyasan & Kyoto (12 days)

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RAW Travel were tremendous!

"RAW Travel were tremendous to deal with. We were even advised, in a timely manner, about a suitable training program. Any questions or concerns were promptly and accurately answered. The accommodation was really quirky, a nice change from the big hotel chains. The onsens were a highlight and some of our dinners fantastic. Would organise another walk through RAW again. I thought they were particularly good value, even as a single traveller.”

Louise McMahon (VIC) - October 2018
Kumano Kodo Trail (7 days)

Beautiful forest walking & glorious weather

"I undertook this trip with my daughter and we found it very easy to navigate our way. We had a great 4 days of hiking on the Kumano Kodo and enjoyed our rest day in the middle near Hongu. We didn’t get lost; it’s very easy to find your way. The weather was glorious. Walking in the forest was beautiful. We had no mishaps, loved the accommodation and food, and the Japanese bathhouses were interesting. Highly recommend this trip and so pleased we did it. Thank you RAW Travel."

Sandra Bowmer (NSW) - April 2018
Kumano Kodo Extended Walk (10 days)


Historical and cultural journey

"What a magnificent experience it was for us to walk the Kumano Kodo. From the majestic scenery and inviting and culinary excellence of the homestays to the rejuvenating luxury of the onsens, the historical and cultural journey, and the soft boiling eggs in thermal springs. This was a trip that came with great expectations and over delivered on the experience."

Mark Chircop (VIC) - May 2018
Kumano Kodo Trail (7 days)

I loved every minute

"I wasn’t quite sure what to expect about Japan, but I loved the experience of sharing Japanese culture and the people were so friendly and polite. Also tasting a new cuisine was an experience, and mostly good. When we got to the walk it was challenging at times but I loved every minute of it. We were so very lucky with the weather as two typhoons hit Japan when we were there and a section of our last walking day was detoured. RAW were wonderful keeping in touch with us and providing updates."

Janet Anderson (ACT) - November 2017
Kumano Kodo Trail (7 days)

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So many great moments!

“The trip was awesome – thank you RAW Travel! The accommodation and food was great. The onsens really helped us relax and recover after the long walks – some of those walks are quite arduous. There were so many great moments, including attending the 5am morning ceremony with the monks at the ancient Seiganto-ji wooden temple before breakfast.”

Aaron Smyth - October 2016
Kumano in Autumn (8 days)

Excellent Itinerary

“Excellent itinerary enabling us to experience the old, new and beautiful of the Kansai region. Kyoto, Koyasan Nara and the Kumano Kodo trail cover a wide range of incredible cultural experiences, cuisine, history and landscapes. The accommodation on the hike was an authentic provincial Japanese experience with very friendly hosts and great food. The trip notes were perfect for a self-guided tour. We never had any problems with the logistics of the trip thanks to the notes. I highly recommend this trip for people who are keen to have a broad Japan experience.”

Andrew Miller (VIC) - November 2017
Kumano Kodo, Koyasan & Kyoto (12 days)

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Proud Dual Pilgrim

“The Kumano Kodo was certainly a physical challenge but gave a wonderful insight into Japanese culture, hospitality, food and wilderness. I am proud to have completed this walk and become a Dual Pilgrim.”

Ellen Macmanus (VIC) - May 2018
Kumano Kodo Trail (7 days)