Experience walking the Kumano Kodo in Autumn. The beautiful, changing colours are a highlight for people on this trek.
Our popular group, self-guided departures are a great option for those who are travelling solo or enjoy the company and support of other like-minded travellers
- Follow in the footsteps of former emperors and over 1000 years of history on one of the world’s great historical trails
- Enjoy delicious handmade Japanese food, made with fresh local ingredients
- Stay in traditional guesthouses with lots of character and friendly hosts
- Soak in an onsen to soothe your muscles (and spirit!) after a day of walking
- Trek in a group of like-minded travellers
This self-guided walking trip combines the freedom and flexibility of a self-guided trek with the support and company of other like-minded travellers. This trip is guaranteed to depart on the dates outlined.
The Kumano Kodo is a journey through a thousand years of Buddhist history and offers a window into traditional Japan that contrasts strongly with its hyper modern cities. The Kumano Kodo’s rugged, forested mountains, quiet rural valleys, rivers and waterfalls provide a spectacular backdrop for hikers. Arriving at your destination each day the traditional local guesthouses offer reviving onsens and wonderful local food. Hiking the Kumano Kodo really is a great immersion into Japanese culture.
Travelling on your own? No trouble. We will pair you up with another solo traveller of the same gender on a twin share basis.
Journalist Jayne D’Arcy discovers her inner pilgrim along the Kumano Kodo trail. ‘A Sacred Journey’, Jetstar Magazine
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Day 1: Arrive in Kii-Tanabe
The best way to reach Kii-Tanabe is by train – there are frequent trains from Kansai Airport, Osaka and Kyoto travelling southwards to Kii-Tanabe (train tickets not included and can be purchased locally). Here the railway line parallels the coast and avoids the steep mountainous interior. The nearest major International Airport is Kansai (Osaka), from where you can take a 2 hour train journey to Kii-Tanabe. Train travel from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe takes just over 2 hours and from Kyoto approximately 2.5-3 hours.
Kii-Tanabe is the gateway town to the Imperial Route of the Kumano Kodo and a city surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and mountains on the other. The town is also home to the Tanabe Tourist Information Center – your tour orientation is scheduled with the staff here. You will be transferred to your accommodation for the evening.
Day 2: Walk Takijiri-oji to Takahara (4km)
You will have time to explore the area this morning before travelling to Takijiri to commence your walk. Today’s walk is short in distance but a fairly steep uphill climb up to Takahara, a rural hamlet on a ridge, noted for its ancient shrine and a spectacular view over the surrounding Hatenashi Mountain Ranges. Reminders of the past, including Buddhist statues and Oji shrines, line the route along the ancient highway as you climb upwards
2 hours walking
Meals: B L D
Day 3: Walk Takahara to Nonaka area (13km)
Leaving Takahara behind, you head further into the mountains along the old trail, past bamboo forest and then into the pencil pine. You continue to pass by reminders of the old highway, including an ichirizuka distance marker and the sites of old former tea houses, which provided rest and shelter to pilgrims up until the early 20th century. Continuing on you crest the Hashiori-Toge pass after a short climb. The trail then descends past the Three-Fold Moon viewing area, from where it is a short climb to the small but famous Gyuba-doji statue. Your descent takes you along a cobbled path and staircase to Chikatsuyu, a small village and one of the few places where you can get limited supplies or drinks. Your final stretch of the day takes you on a climb to Tsugizakura-oji and your accommodation for the evening. Nearby is a grove of giant cedar trees, some of which are reputed to be 800 years old.
6-8 hours walking
Meals: B L D
Day 4: Walk Nonaka area to Kumano Hongu Taisha (25km)
Today’s walk will bring you along many forest paths and eventually some mountain top villages before descending to Hongu. The walk starts with climbs over a number of passes and there is a detour in place due to landslides on the main path. There are few facilities on the first part of today’s route which is through the forest before eventually leading you to the shrine at Hosshinmon-oji. You will continue through small settlements and get your first glimpse of the great Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and the giant torii gate in the valley below.
Kumano Hongu Taisha is the main shrine in the area, to which all roads in the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage lead. A long stone staircase leads to the sacred grounds of the shrine, located on a ridge and surrounded by giant cedar and cypress trees. After looking around the impressive shrine you will jump on a local bus to our evening destination at nearby Kawayu Onsen, a charming little hot spring village.
Arriving at your overnight location is a treat for tired walkers as the steam billows from the thermal rivers and there is the promise of a relaxing onsen after your exertions. The onsen thermal hot spring baths are an important part of the Kumano Kodo traditions with pilgrims performing hot water purification rituals in preparation for visiting the shrine. This evening enjoy a delicious Japanese meal in your accommodation.
9 hours walking
Meals: B L D
Day 5: Rest Day in Hongu Area
Today you can either completely relax and take in the local onsens or perhaps return to Hongu village for further explorations. If you wish to stretch your legs a little then walk back to Hongu on the Dainichi-goe route from Yunomine Onsen – this is a steep but delightful walk, passing some remarkable old carved statues at Hanakake Jizo, overgrown by tree roots.
Hongu village is home to the Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the Kumano Sanzan, three grand shrines of Kumano, and head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan. Kumano was said to be the entrance gateway to the land of Yomi, the ‘other world’, which spirits travelled to in Japanese mythology. Across the Kumano Hongu Shrine is the Kumano Hongu Heritage Centre, featuring a diversity of exhibitions on the Kumano Kodo – all permanent exhibitions and videos include English translations. Just nearby the centre you will find Oyunohara, the largest torii shrine gate in the world at 34 meters tall, signifying the division of the secular and the spiritual worlds.
Be sure to also visit the tiny Tsuboyu onsen in a wooden cabin at the centre of town in Yunomine Onsen, which is the only UNESCO world heritage listed spa and the oldest in Japan at 1200 years old! The bath can be booked for a 30-minute private bathing and works on a first come first serve basis.
Meals: B D
Day 6: Walk Hongu Area to Koguchi (13km)
This morning you will take a short bus ride to Ukegawa to begin your walk. The Kogumotori-goe section is a fairly gentle trek with a climb and descent over a pass, and is mostly in the forested mountains with some nice ridge-walking sections.
The highlight of today’s walk is the Hyakken-gura pass, where a beautifully positioned Buddhist statue on a hilltop has a backdrop of the most spectacular views of the trip. The impressive Hyakken-gura look out surprises walkers with a lovely panoramic view of the 3600 peaks of Kumano. Take a moment to enjoy this stunning view, as pilgrims have been doing for over 1000 years.
The trail continues to rise and fall, sometimes gradual and the off time steeper when you continue towards the Sakura-jaya teahouse remains. The views from the Sakura-jaya teahouse remains down to the valley and across the mountains are impressive. It is said that when the owners of teahouses saw pilgrims approaching from far off in the distance, they would start to cook mochi rice cakes and boil water for tea, to have things ready to serve just as the pilgrims would arrive at the teahouse. From here the trail continues on a forest track and eventually descends into Koguchi, a small and isolated village surrounded by mountains and rivers.
6 hours walking
Meals: B L D
Day 7: Walk Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha (14km)
The Ogumotori-goe is the second day of a two-day trek from the Hongu area to Kumano Nachi Taisha. It is one of the toughest sections of the Nakahechi trail and a big day’s walk so we recommend an early start as you begin with a 2.5-hour uphill climb up the Dogiri-zaka slope. Dogiri-zaka can be directly translated as “Body Breaking Slope”, and is an appropriate name for this 5km uphill section that rises 800 metres to the Echizen-toge Pass.
Afterwards, you pass the Jizo-jaya teahouse remains to the Moja-no-Deai, ‘Abode of the Dead’. It is believed that the souls of the dead gravitate to these higher mountains, where spirits inhabit this section of the trail. The walk continues through forest and along ridges, the path ascending and descending, until at Funami Toge pass the Pacific Ocean spreads out before you.
From here the trail descends to the Nachisan sanctuary and the brightly coloured Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine, another of the three grand shrines of Kumano. Also nearby is the wonderful wooden Seiganto-ji temple and the spectacular Nachi-no-Otaki waterfall, which is the highest in Japan and can be seen from far out on the Pacific Ocean. Tonight you will overnight in Nachisan near the Kumano Nachi shrine where you can relax and enjoy the completion of your extraordinary Kumano Kodo walk!
7 hours walking
Meals: B L D
Day 8: Depart Kii-Katsuura
This morning you may like to join in the early morning ceremony at the Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine before breakfast. If time allows, you may also like to walk the length of the cobblestoned Daimonzaka path, before taking a 20-minute bus ride to Kii-Katsuura to connect to your onward destination. Train tickets are not included and can be purchased locally at the Kii-Katsuura train station.
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- 1 night in Kii-Tanabe (twin share, ensuite)
- 4 nights in traditional Japanese guesthouses (twin share, shared bathroom)
- 2 nights in an onsen village in a traditional ryokan (twin share, ensuite)
- Daily meals included as listed in the itinerary
- Luggage transfers on all trekking days
- Briefing in Kii-Tanabe at the start of your walk
- Pre-departure pack including Kumano Kodo guidebook, luggage tags and RAW Travel buff (1 pack per 2 clients travelling together)
- RAW Travel’s exclusive interactive navigation app
- Local bus tickets
- Train tickets to/from trail
- Flights to/from destination
- Travel insurance
- Beverages other than water at meals
- Expenses and items of a personal nature
Map & Guide
‘A Sacred Journey’, Jetstar Magazine
Follow the World Heritage Kumano Kodo trail through ancient Japan and discover your inner pilgrim. Article by Jayne D’Arcy, published April 2017.
Kellie-Anne Briggs, Rutherglen (VIC) – November 2019
Fabulous service once again by RAW. All accommodation was authentic, as was the Japanese style breakfasts. Our accommodation hosts were fun, welcoming and generous. The little bento box lunches lovingly presented by our hosts were a real highlight of the days hiking schedule and dinner at night – simply amazing array of traditional dishes.
Deborah Shuster, Portland (US) – October 2019
RAW Travel did an excellent job of pre-trip planning/dissemination of information. Mark and Chris were quick to respond to all questions and concerns and made me feel well-prepared for the journey. The accommodations, meals and luggage transfers went seamlessly. The accommodations and meals were excellent, and most hosts worked very hard to accommodate vegetarian diets (there were 3 of us on the trip and we always had plenty to eat). The hike was spectacular, and the maps and guidebook provided were excellent resources along the route. Our group of 8 quickly became friends. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Thanks RAW!
Joyce French, Glen Iris (VIC) – October 2019
We feel so privileged to have been able to undertake this hike with the support of RAW Travel. From our first enquiry, Chris was passionate and responsive. We would definitely like to plan another hike with RAW Travel.
Jeanne Carette Reynolds, Rabun Gap (USA) – May 2019
Everything was well organized. All the information we needed. Food and accommodations wonderful and our luggage miraculously showed up every day at our new location. A 10/10 to RAW Travel. Would definitely recommend to anyone, especially if you’re traveling to and trekking in a new land.
Gail Bell, Elwood (VIC) – May 2019
I just loved the experience of walking in Japan, especially walking the Kumano Kodo; it was a personal challenge of mine; and it was wonderful to stay in traditional accommodation.
Suzanne Aidone, Port Melbourne (VIC) – May 2019
The Kumano Kodo walk was sensational! It was tough at times but the experience was worth it. Beautiful scenery and fauna. Loved the shrines along the way. At our accommodation, our Japanese hosts could not do enough for us. Food was traditional – being very healthy. With the combination of walking and eating healthily we lost weight.
Helen Overmyer, Charlestown (NSW) – May 2019
We loved the scenery within the forests, out to the mountains and the spiritual centres along the way. Also, we loved the challenge of the walk itself, and the interesting people we met over the days of hiking.
Melissa Nip, Honolulu (Hawaii) – April 2019
We wanted a unique experience for our honeymoon and that’s exactly what we got. Our itinerary was thorough and well thought out. We loved the local food and staying in the guest houses. The hike itself was challenging but beautiful with varied terrain. We are sold on RAW Travel and will be going on other RAW Travel tours in the future.
Fiona Ireland, Malvern (VIC) – April 2019
This was the most amazing walk. Walking through the mountains as you do with the most incredible scenery and the sense of calm in the old forests with the ancient stone paths. A truly spiritual experience. The guesthouses were fabulous and what a way to experience traditional Japanese culture. Everyone was so helpful and respectful and we couldn’t have had a better experience. Our most favourite was guesthouse Mui, as the host and hostess were so charming.
Blair Lucas, Carlton North (VIC) – April 2019
The entire trip was amazing! The team at RAW Travel coordinated everything perfectly – from the pre-hike briefing, to the accommodation, to the meals. It was a memorable trip, and we are already looking into our next walking holiday!
Bryan Mears, Arthurs Seat (VIC) – March 2019
Hiking across the Kii Peninsula in Japan on the ancient Kumano Kodo path was an unforgettable experience. The weather was perfect – if a little chilly in the morning. The hike is not easy by any means but very rewarding with the beautiful forest and mountain views offering great photo opportunities at every turn.
Wendy Creaser, Parkdale (VIC)– March 2019
We enjoyed the satisfaction of completing the Kumano Kodo and the chance to experience the traditional Japanese culture and food along the way.
Neroli Scott, Seddon (VIC) – March 2019
What a sensational experience! From meeting and staying with locals who could not be any more helpful to the captivating scenery with historical antidotes to break up the walk all along the way. It gave us a full appreciation of the history of the walk. And the onsen at the end of the day made it easier to back it up the following day!
Michelle Joiner, Pakenham (VIC) – March 2019
Excellent. Everything went perfectly. Guest houses were wonderful and the whole experience was exceptional. Food, accommodation and baggage transfers were all spot on.
Leanne Lester, Numurkah (VIC) – March 2019
We loved walking along 1000-year-old paths that had previously been followed by emperors, princesses, monks, nuns and poets. The forest is very peaceful and a beautiful part of Japan. It has the most beautiful old trees and it is very green with moss on rocks everywhere. There are several markers along the track, which were interesting to read. We saw monkeys, deer and lots of birds that we weren’t expecting and even though we were quite remote we would bump into follow travellers at rest spots along the way. Everyone we met was lovely and we really enjoyed interacting with the locals who also were walking the track. We would share lollies even though very limited English was spoken. Part of the walk is called “Pass over clouds” and some days we felt like we were in the sky with the most amazing views across the peaks. Every day we enjoyed different things, we loved it. And for the record I’m not that active but the walk is very doable, just go at your own pace.
Louise Beer, Gisborne (VIC) – October 2018
What an amazing walk…so serene and peaceful.
Trevor Sanders, Burleigh Heads (QLD) – October 2018
The trek was excellent, the accommodation excellent.
Louise McMahon, Traralgon (VIC) – October 2018
RAW Travel were tremendous to deal with. Information was sent out in stages, which meant we didn’t get lost in a pile of paperwork. We were even advised, in a timely manner, about a suitable training program. Any questions or concerns were promptly and accurately answered. The trip notes were accurate with regard to walk times and points of interest. 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.
Dean Field, Winslow (VIC) – September 2018
Amazing! RAW Travel were very organised, contactable and informative!
Felicity Hale, Clovelly (NSW) – June 2018
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!
Guy Evans, Murrumbeena (VIC) – June 2018
The highlight was the opportunity to be inspired by the beauty of the natural environment encompassing the walk.
Klaus Schroiff, Gordon (NSW) – May 2018
A great mix of cultural experience and trekking.
June Tyrrell, Galston (NSW) – May 2018
As a solo walker I was very impressed with the attention to detail and communication provided by RAW Travel. They will be my first stop for future walks.
Catherine Robertson, Nelson Bay (NSW) – May 2018
RAW Travel made this a wonderful experience: everything was very organised; the food exceptional. We as a group were very happy – 10 people and not one complaint!
Ellen Macmanus, Bundoora (VIC) – May 2018
The Kumano Kodo was certainly a physical challenge but gave a wonderful insight into the Japanese culture, hospitality, food and wilderness. I am proud to have completed the walk and become a Dual Pilgrim.
Rosemary Sumbak, Aranda (ACT) – May 2018
A challenging walk among stunning scenery in an exceptional country. A very different experience to the Camino and as yet unspoilt and pristine.
Mark Chircop, South Morang (VIC) – May 2018
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.
Catherine Webb, Strathmore (VIC) – April 2018
Walking through amazing forests knowing that you are following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims was a highlight. The scenery, the challenges of the walk, the changing weather all add to the experience. But no matter how hard the day, that night you will be a welcomed guest, offered a wonderful relaxing hot bath, delicious food and a comfortable sleep to continue on the journey. The perfect adventure.
Marian Lewis, Darling Heights (Qld) – April 2018
This was a brilliant experience though not without its challenges. We were glad of our pre Kumano Kodo training walks that went some way to preparing us for the climbs and descents. The countryside was magnificent, especially on the final two days of walking. After walking all day, being able to soak in hot mineral spring baths was perfect and even the futons seemed soft! The food was good and dinner could be enhanced with a refreshing Japanese beer. Becoming a dual Camino/Kumano Kodo pilgrim in Hongu was another highlight. We were well prepared as RAW Travel could not have provided more detailed information prior to our walk. Their communication is excellent and we certainly appreciated their responsiveness when a last minute change was made to our accommodation based on feedback they had received from other travellers. The change worked really well.
Rae Duffy, Coorparoo (QLD) – April 2018
I loved the opportunity to do a heritage trek and thoroughly enjoyed the cultural experience of travelling in Japan.
Malinda Ros, Tolga (QLD) – April 2018
The overall experience was everything I hoped it would be. From the accommodation along the track to the beautiful scenery along the way.
Jacqueline Penman, Edinburgh, UK – November 2017
Undoubtedly more difficult and challenging than imagined, but more beautiful and satisfying than words or pictures can describe – it touched the essence of me!
Michele Nardi, Narellan (NSW) – November 2017
We have returned from a wonderful Kumano Kodo. It rained only on the easiest (third) day, making the mountains mystical and ethereal. So much so, we expected the unicorns to be grazing around each bend! Our accommodation was wonderful, beginning with Noriko in Shirahama. Our welcome and dinner in Irorian Minshuku we are still talking about, what a delight. I applied for and received my Dual Passport in Hongu, having walked the Camino Frances from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port last year, also with RAW, around the same time Mel was there. What is the next challenge one asks?! Thank you so much for your help and guidance. RAW is an amazing success story for trekkers. How we would manage without you I am not sure! Had I not seen the documentary Walking the Camino, sponsored by RAW, and begun my adventures, my interest in The Camino would probably have remained confined to reading about others’ experiences. Thank you so much.
David Scanlon, Vaucluse (NSW) – October 2017
The pre-trip information and briefing was incredibly helpful. Accommodation along the route was outstanding – great food and lodgings with delightful surprises (such as the private onsen hut in Yunomine). Hosts were all friendly and engaging.
Heather Buxton, Lenah Valley (TAS) – October 2017
The organisation and information provided was top-notch. The Kumano Kodo is a complete travel experience in my view with very safe and physical walking, lots of natural beauty and a wonderful cultural experience. Thank you.
Fiona Chircop, Thornbury (VIC) – October 2017
The Kumano Kodo trail was amazing. The beautiful forest, shrines and historical information provided on the trail were all fantastic. The very detailed directions RAW Travel provided were excellent, making it very easy for us to find our way. The food provided by the minshukus was also amazing.
Fran Curtis, Jerrabomberra (NSW) – September 2017
I loved the experience of pushing myself to do what I thought at one time was unachievable.
Eunice Ching, Queenscliff (NSW) – July 2017
The Kumano Kodo Trail was an amazing experience and we were happy booking through RAW Travel. Leanne and co were always very responsive whenever I had questions for them, making the booking and planning process very smooth. We did the trail in the middle of July and, although it was really hot, it was also extremely beautiful. The trail itself can by quite steep and slippery in parts, so having hiking sticks was very useful. We especially loved staying at the beautiful Minshuku Tsugizakura – the food was exceptional. The packed lunches were also amazing – the bento box from Ajizanmai on the first day is by far the fanciest thing I’ve ever eaten on a hike. The briefing notes mailed to us prior to the trip were helpful and the ones provided in the briefing the day before our hike in Tanabe were indispensable! Thank you again Leanne and Chris for making our trip great.
Michael Giblin, Sydney (NSW) – May 2017
The organisational guidance provided by RAW Travel was outstanding, specifically with respect to written material concerning itinerary, historical and walk overview, local travel tips and advice about pre-trip physical and practical preparation. We received a detailed guidebook that was small enough to live in my pocket every day during the walk. Maps were excellent.
Debra McWhirter, Cremorne (NSW) – April 2017
The Kumano Kodo walk was an amazing adventure. It alerted all of my five senses and was a great way to get a first-hand taste of Japanese culture. It showed the amazing physical landscape of Japan as well as touching base in the city/urban environment. A safe country to travel in where every day a new adventure occurs and amazing hospitality is shown from the Japanese people.
Christine McGinty, Brisbane – November 2016
We thought the walk itself was good and reasonably challenging, especially the last day and the downhill steps are a bit of a pain as they are messy and slippery but apart from that it was fine. The little towns we stayed in were wonderful and the hospitality in all bar one was very good. The food in most of them was exceptional too. We felt we really experienced a Japan of the past.
Aaron Smyth, October 2016
The trip was awesome! Thank you Leanne and Heini and RAW Travel, for organising our trip. The accommodation and food was great, although sometimes they gave us too much food at meal times. The highlight of the day were the onsens, which really helped us relax and recover after the long walks – some of those walks are quite arduous. We thought the best section was walking from the top of the mountain (Hosshinmon-Oji to Kumano Hongu) because of the grade of track and the quaint little villages and the Hot Spring Coffee stop along the way. And because it was downhill! Also the first day’s walking was tough but we called into the Keyaki Cafe in Takahara after lunch, listening to jazz music – drinking coffee, savouring the view of the mountains – an unforgettable moment. Overall we loved Japan, and particularly Kyoto which has wonderful gardens and we would like to come back and visit the sections of the Kumano that we missed. There were so many great moments, including the attending the 5am morning ceremony with the monks at the ancient Seiganto-ji wooden temple before breakfast. We also loved the Townhouse in Tanabe, it was serene and perfect.
Colin Jefferson, Perth – October 2016
Thank you so much for organising our recent holiday on the Kumana Kodo trail. We loved it. There were so many highlights – the trail, the landscapes, the forests, the villages, the shrines and Oji and the people we met along the way. We were very lucky with the weather – no rain and pleasant temperatures. We really liked the accommodation you booked for us. The hospitality was great, the meals were unbelievable and we enjoyed the onsens. We were blown away by the bento box provided by Ajizanmai on the first day and I think this was topped by the meal at Minshuku Chikatsuyu that evening. And the meals just stayed at that standard for the rest of the trip!
Thanks for your briefing notes prior to the trip – they really helped prepare us for what was to come. The briefing in Kii Tanabe was great too – helped by the fact that we were a little familiar with the route by that stage from your notes and maps. The bus timetables and estimates of bus fares were really helpful and it was good to know there were options to shorten the walks (escape routes) if required. You must be doing a great job promoting the trail – we met so many Australians along the way. We bumped into some groups a few times but there was enough variety in our itineraries and walking routines that I’m sure we all felt we had unique experiences.
Jill & Zachary Stafford – April 2016
We loved our time on the trails and at the guest houses. This was definitely one of the most amazing walks we have done and a highlight of our world tour.
What our Clients Say
Fabulous service once again by RAW. All accommodation was authentic and our hosts were fun, welcoming and generous. The bento box lunches were a real highlight of the days and dinner at night - simply amazing array of traditional dishes.
Kellie-Anne Briggs, (VIC) – November 2019
The accommodations and meals were excellent. The hike was spectacular, and our group of 8 quickly became friends. It was an absolutely fantastic experience.
Deborah Shuster, (US) – October 2019
We feel so privileged to have been able to undertake this hike with the support of RAW Travel. From our first enquiry, Chris was passionate and responsive. We would definitely like to plan another hike with RAW Travel.
Joyce French, (VIC) October 2019
Chris Kavanagh – Team Leader, Japan
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This trip has a difficulty rating of 6-7 out of 10.