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Overview

Nakahechi & Kohechi Routes

This is our most comprehensive Kumano Kodo option for those who enjoy a challenging hike | Gain a great understanding of this ancient pilgrimage trail | Hike the full length of both the Nakahechi and Kohechi trails | Journey along the Kumano-gawa river in a traditional boat | Stay in a Buddhist monastery in Koyasan

This walk is for experienced hikers who are comfortable hiking long distances with some steep ascents and descents. It’s perfect for those who would like more walking days; enjoying beautiful panoramic views; visiting Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and a good challenge for your Kumano Kodo experience,

The first 3 days are the same as our regular Kumano Kodo, along the Nakahechi route but then you’ll journey to the coast by traditional boat before hiking the last 2 days of the Nakahechi trail back to Hongu. You’ll then venture north on the mountainous Kohechi Trail with its four passes over 1000m in elevation, before arriving in Koyasan.

Visit all 3 shrines of the ‘Kumano Sanzan’: Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha. Traditionally, all paths led to Hongu and with this itinerary, you will be walking the sections from Nachisan through to Hongu in the direction that was walked in the past. Your time on the Kumano Kodo also includes Koyasan, home to 115 temples on a venerated Buddhist mountain, the chance to stay in an active Buddhist temple or ‘Shukubo’. If you’d like further hiking you may also enjoy exploring the Women’s Pilgrimage trail in Koyasan.

** Please note: this trek option is offered for a minimum of 2 people travelling together only due to the remoteness of the Kohechi Trail.

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Highlights

Get Ready For

  • A wonderful challenging hike through the rugged forested mountains
  • Hike the full length of both the Nakahechi and Kohechi routes
  • Journey along the Kumano-gawa river in a traditional boat
  • Stay in a Buddhist monastery in Koyasan
  • Delicious fresh local food and onsen culture
Kumano kodo ancient forest path

History

Over 1000 years

The trails of the Kumano Kodo are a series of ancient pilgrimage routes, dating back over 1000 years, in Japan’s beautiful Kii Peninsula, an area also strongly associated with nature worship. At one time Japan’s Imperial family and former emperors made the pilgrimage trips from Kyoto to the shrines of Kumano, one of Japan’s most sacred sites. The Kumano Kodo’s rugged, forested mountains, quiet rural valleys, rivers and waterfalls provide a spectacular backdrop for hikers. Arriving at our destination each day, the traditional local guesthouses offer reviving onsens and wonderful local food.

Itinerary

Daily details

DAY 1: ARRIVE KII-TANABE

The best way to reach Kii-Tanabe is by train (tickets not included; can be purchased locally). There are frequent trains from Kansai Airport, Osaka and Kyoto travelling southwards to Kii-Tanabe. 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 ~2.5 to 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 will be scheduled with the staff here. This evening is free for you to explore the town. Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere at the Ajikoji Restaurant and Entertainment District, and perhaps stroll down to Ogigahama Beach for sunset views.

DAY 2: WALK TAKIJIRI-OJI TO TSUGIZAKURA-OJI (17KM)

It is an early morning start today and after checking out and picking up your lunch box, you will take a 40-minute bus ride to Takijiri (paid locally) to the start of the walk. The first section of today’s walk will be a climb up from Takijiri-oji to Takahara, a rural hamlet on a ridge, noted for its ancient shrine surrounded by giant kusu-noki, or camphor trees, 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.

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. This ancient statue shows Kazan, one of the first abdicated emperors to pilgrimage to Kumano, sitting astride both a horse and a cow. 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! Accommodation tonight is in a small local minshuku guest house. If Tsugizakura accommodation is full on your chosen dates or if you are travelling with a larger group, you may stay in Chikatsuyu instead on this night.

Meals: L, D

DAY 3: WALK TSUGIZAKURA-OJI TO KUMANO HONGU TAISHA (21.5KM)

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 currently 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. At this point you also have the option to take a local bus (paid locally) as the road intersects here, or carry on down into the valley to Hongu. You will continue through small settlements and get your first glimpse of the great Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and the giant torii gate called Oyunohara 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 (paid locally) to our evening destination at nearby Yunomine Onsen or Kawayu Onsen, charming little hot spring villages.

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. For you, it will be more a preparation for a delicious Japanese meal in your accommodation.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4: TRADITIONAL BOAT RIDE (HONGU AREA TO SHINGU); OVERNIGHT NACHISAN

After a short bus ride (paid locally) to reach the Kawabune Boat Tour Centre, embark on a traditional boat ride down the Kumano-gawa River. For over 1000 years pilgrims have been making the journey to Kumano and the Kumano-gawa River has been a vital section of the pilgrimage route between Kumano Hongu Taisha in Hongu and Kumano Hayatama Taisha in Shingu. You will journey in a traditional wooden flat-bottom boat as pilgrims have been doing for centuries.

The boat tour finishes in Shingu, close to the Kumano Hayatama Shrine, one of the sacred Grand Shrines of the Kumano region. Although the shrine buildings were rebuilt recently, the Hayatama Taisha has occupied the same location since at least the 12th century and the area has been a site of nature worship for much longer. In fact, the nature in and around the shrine is an integral part of this Grand Shrine’s precincts and annual rituals. The ancient 800-year-old Nagi-no-Ki tree highlights the area’s deep tradition of nature worship and is considered a sacred tree of God. Small dolls made from the seeds of this tree are believed to generate luck with the opposite sex or a happily married life to couples. We also recommend visiting the nearby Gotobiki-iwa, a gigantic rock worshipped as a sacred object and located halfway up Gongen Mountain. Is it believed that it was here that the first Kumano deities descended to earth from the heavens. At the base of this monolith is the Kamikura-jinja shrine.

After looking around Shingu, you will catch a bus to Nachi Station and on to Nachisan (paid locally), your overnight location. Visit 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. If time allows you may also like to walk an extra section of the Kumano Kodo trail between Nachisan and Daimon-zaka. The trail is an impressive cobblestone staircase lined with centuries-old trees.

Meals: B, D

DAY 5: WALK KUMANO NACHI TAISHA TO KOGUCHI (14KM)

Today will be one of your more challenging days as the Ogumotori-goe is the first day of a two-day trek from Kumano Nachi Taisha to the Hongu area. It is one of the toughest sections of the Nakahechi trail as this is where the trail reaches its highest point at just over 800m. It’s a big day’s walk so we recommend an early start. The trailhead starts immediately to the right of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine and you climb upwards passing the  Noboritate-jaya teahouse remains. As you approach the Funami-toge pass you have extensive views behind you of the Pacific coastline. Soon you will walk through 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 you come to the Echizen-Toge pass after which the steep descent to Koguchi begins down the Dogiri-zaka slope.

Dogiri-zaka can be directly translated as ‘Body Breaking Slope’, and is an appropriate name for this 5km downhill section that descends 800m from the Echizen-toge Pass. At the bottom you’ll arrive in the tiny hamlet of Koguchi where your accommodation awaits. 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. 

Meals: B, D

DAY 6: WALK KOGUCHI TO HONGU AREA (13KM)

Today’s walk is over the Kogumotori-goe section; by comparison an easier trek with a climb and descent over a pass, and is mostly in the forested mountains with some nice ridge-walking sections.

The trail starts fairly steeply on the first section, steeper when you climb towards the Sakura-jaya teahouse remains, and soon after the Sakura pass. The trail then descends and ascends along a ridge until the highlight of today’s walk, the Hyakken-gura pass, where a beautifully positioned Buddhist statue on a hilltop has a backdrop of the most spectacular vista of the trip. The impressive Hyakken-gura lookout 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 views from the Sakura-jaya teahouse remains down to the valley and across the mountains are impressive. The trail descends gradually on a forest track into the valley of Kumano Hongu Taisha. From here you can catch a bus or continue walking to Kawayu Onsen where your overnight accommodation is located.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7: WALK YAKIO TO TOTSUKAWA (10KM)

Today you take a bus alongside the Kumanogawa river to the small village of Yakio. You’ll find the trailhead right next to the bus stop with stairs leading up to the start of the trail. The Kohechi route runs through the central part of the Kii-Peninsula connecting two major sacred sites, Kumano Hongu and Koyasan. This is a tough trail and today you will be walking the southern section, over the Hatenashi-toge pass (1114m). This route was mainly used by travelling worshippers and merchants since the medieval period of Japan and is one of the toughest.

As on the Nakehechi route where you follow the numbered signposts, on this trail you instead follow Kannon Buddhist images commencing at number 1. There are 33 stone Kannon Buddhist images along this section (the final three are off the trail) representing 33 temples dedicated to Kannon found throughout the Kansai region.

You ascend quite quickly out of the village and into the forest where you will enjoy brilliant views over the surrounding mountains today. The highpoint of the trail is at 1114m at the Hatenashi-toge pass. care needs to be taken when descending the paths here as the trail becomes narrower and steeper in parts. The trail climbs up and down passing various viewpoints before coming to the valley where there are beautiful views looking out over the Kumanogawa river and descending to reach the village of Totsukawa Onsen.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8: TOTSUKAWA ONSEN TO MIURA-GUCHI (18KM)

Departing Totsukawa Onsen, the first 8km is along a road that runs parallel to the Nishi-gawa River. It’s a quiet road, with a few settlements along the way and mostly flat walking. It’s not often there are flat sections on the Kumano Kodo, so it’s a good opportunity to stretch the legs out and pick up the pace.

As you ascend up to the Miura-toge Pass, you’ll pass by some teahouse remains and ancient Jizo and Kannon statues and later you’ll cross a forestry road which runs along the ridgeline before commencing the descent. At the pass there is a covered shelter which is a great spot to break for lunch.

It’s a beautiful hike through the forested mountains and you’ll have a steady and constant 4km descent down towards the small hamlet of Miura-guichi. During your descent, you’ll walk by the old Yoshimuro house remains and large 500-year-old, windbreak cedar trees before crossing the metal suspension bridge just before reaching the village.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9: MIURA-GUCHI TO OMATA (14.5KM)

The walk today is entirely in the mountains and is the most remote section of the Kohechi trail, with much of it at a higher elevation.

You’ll start ascending immediately from the trailhead. This stretch up to the high pass is more of a wilderness trail, steep and narrow in some sections. There are also some stunning views to take in and which offer a good opportunity for some morning tea. The next few kilometres up to the Obake-toge Pass is a more gradual incline, there is a short narrow section of the path before passing through some mature beech forest. The Obake-toge Pass is a great place to stop for lunch with a little rest-stop located here.

Leaving the pass, there is an option for a short divergence to the Obako-dake Peak, before rejoining the trail and starting your descent toward Omata. This stretch of the trail has wider sections with easier gradients. You’ll walk past the Kaya-goya-ato tea house remains, where fellow pilgrims once rested. Further along, the last stretch winds down to the Kawarabi-gawa River and the trailhead at Omata bus stop.

Omata is a beautiful location in a tiny settlement of houses amidst the mountains. This area is known for its hot spring baths and you’ll appreciate the soak in the onsen bath overlooking the forest here this evening.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10: OMATA TO KOYASAN (17KM)

Today you’ll hike the last stretch of the Kohechi trail, over the Mizugamine Peak and on to Koyasan. The trail winds along the ridgeline with panoramic mountain views. The trail here is along a forestry road and quite wide making for easier walking, though steep in parts. After crossing the Mizugamine Peak, there are a couple of stretches on paved road, which is still very scenic with evergreen conifers and plantations of Koyamaki trees (Japanese Umbrella pine).

The small settlement of Otaki is a lovely spot to rest and break for lunch. From here, you’ll descend along another windy stretch of paved road before heading back into the forest and ascending to the Susuki-toge Pass. From here you’ll have the final gentle downhill walk into Koyasan. including a short stretch along the Nyonninmichi, the Women’s Pilgrimage Route.

In Koyasan, you have a unique opportunity to stay in a Japanese Buddhist temple (Shukubo) and be part of the daily rituals and spiritual life of Koyasan. You will have a comfortable room and be served vegetarian Buddhist cuisine, Shojin Ryori. ‘Shojin’ is a Buddhist term that refers to asceticism in pursuit of enlightenment, and ‘ryori’ means cooking. There are surprising tastes and not only is it delicious but good karma too!

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 11: FREE DAY IN KOYASAN

This morning you will have a unique opportunity to take part in a Buddhist morning ceremony – the rich colours, smells of incense and rhythmical chants of the monks are enchanting. Afterwards, a walk around Koyasan with its 115 temples is a must. Be sure to visit Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, the stunning vermilion Konpon Daito and Daimon, the majestic entrance gate to this mountain complex.

Perhaps the most interesting of them all is Okunoin, which has at its centre the mausoleum to Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon Buddhist sect and one of Japan’s most significant religious figures. This is set in a giant cypress forest surrounded by 300,000 graves of his followers and is an awesome sight especially if you walk it at night time when the lonesome paths are lit by stone lanterns – very eerie! There are also beautiful day walks around Koyasan if you feel like stretching your legs.

Meals: B, D

DAY 12: DEPART KOYASAN

Following the morning ceremony and breakfast, you will have time to continue exploring the village of Koyasan or perhaps join the monks for a meditation session. After checking out of your temple lodging, you will catch the local bus to Koyasan station and depart Mt Koya by the funicular cable-car before travelling by train to your onward destination.

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Kii-Tanabe

Kii-Tanabe is the gateway town to the Nakahechi (‘Imperial Route’) of the Kumano Kodo. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and mountains on the other. From here, it’s a 40-minute bus ride to the trailhead at Takijiri-oji.

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Takijiri

Takijiri is the traditional starting point of the Kumano Kodo walk and where you will find the Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Centre. The trailhead is behind the Takijiri-oji, which is considered to be where the passage into the precincts of the sacred mountains begins.

Chikatsuyu

The small village of Chikatsuyu sits at the base of the mountain trail at the Hidaka-gawa River. Inns and a couple small restaurants run along the main road, which runs east and west. The area features an ancient weeping cherry blossom tree, an ancient graveyard for warriors, a local experience centre and Chikatsuyu-oji.

Tsugizakura-oji

At the impressive Tsugizakura-oji shrine there are giant Nonaka-no-Ipposugi cedar trees. Some have a circumference of 8m and are believed to be up to 800 years old. This shrine, along with its trees, was scheduled to be demolished in 1906 as part of the government’s shrine consolidation program. It was saved by Minakata Kumagusu, an eccentric genius researcher and avant-garde environmentalist.

Hosshinmon-oji

Hosshinmon-oji is one of the most important sites on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. It marks the outermost entrance into the divine precincts of the Kumano Hongu Taisha.

Kumano Hongu Taisha

Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of the three grand shines of Kumano and the head shrine of over 3000 Kumano shrines across Japan. A long stone staircase leads to the sacred grounds of the shrine, located on a ridge and surrounded by giant cedar and cypress trees. On the riverbank is Oyunohara, the original shrine ground of Kumano Hongu Taisha, marked by an immense Torii gateway – the biggest in Japan!

Yunomine Onsen

Yunomine is a quaint little collection of inns tucked into a small valley deep in the heart of the sacred mountains of Kumano. It was discovered about 1,800 years ago, and it is thought to be one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. The onsen culture in Japan is very rich, but the strong connection with spiritual culture found in Yunomine is unprecedented.

Kawayu Onsen

On the north side of this hot spring town is a diverse collection of places to stay. On the south side of the river is a green forested mountainside. The defining feature of Kawayu Onsen is the Oto river. In the evening, enjoy a soak while watching the warm mist from the river rise slowly into the clean mountain air.

 

 

Hyakken-gura pass

At the Hyakken-gura pass there is a beautifully positioned Buddhist statue on a hilltop with a backdrop of the most spectacular vista of the trip! The impressive lookout surprises walkers with a lovely panoramic view of the 3600 peaks of Kumano.

Koguchi

The small mountain village of Koguchi is nestled along the Akagi-gawa River almost directly in-between Hongu and Nachi. It is refreshing to put your feet in the river after a hot day’s hike.

Nachisan

Nachisan is where you’ll find the brightly coloured Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine, 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. The extra section of trail between Nachisan and Daimon-zaka is an impressive cobblestone staircase lined with centuries-old trees.

Kii-Katsura

Kii-Katsura is located on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula. It is in essence a fishing port turned hot spring resort. The most dominant landmark in Katsuura is the Hotel Urashima. It has the feel of an Onsen Disneyland or James Bond-like fortress and is located on an island-like peninsula in Katsuura Bay.

Shingu

Shingu is where Kumano Hayatama Taisha, one of the sacred Grand Shrines of the Kumano region, is located. Although the shrine buildings were rebuilt recently, the Hayatama Taisha has occupied the same location since at least the 12th century and the area has been a site of nature worship for much longer. The ancient 800-year-old Nagi-no-Ki tree highlights the area’s deep tradition of nature worship and is considered a sacred tree of God.

Kumano-gawa River

For centuries, the Kumano-gawa River was a vital section of the pilgrimage route between Kumano Hongu Taisha in Hongu and Kumano Hayatama Taisha in Shingu. Traditional wooden flat-bottom boats carry modern pilgrims down the river, in the same manner as royal and noble families long ago.

Totsukawa Onsen

Totsukawa Onsen is an isolated hot spring paradise. The small community is spread thinly along the riverside squeezed next to the base of steep mountains. There are three free-flowing hot springs: Tosenji, Totsukawa and Kamiyu. A popular tourist attraction is the Tanizen Suspension Bridge that stretches 297m across and 54m up from the valley floor.

Koyasan

The secluded mountain town of Koyasan is surrounded by the eight peaks of Mt Koya and said to resemble a lotus flower. There are 115 temples, including Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, the stunning vermilion Konpon Daito and Daimon, the majestic entrance gate to this mountain complex. Okunoin has at its centre the mausoleum to Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon Buddhist sect and one of Japan’s most significant religious figures.

 

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 1 night in Kii-Tanabe (twin share, ensuite)
  • 5 nights in traditional Japanese guesthouses (twin share, shared bathroom)
  • 2 nights in an onsen village in a traditional ryokan (twin share, ensuite)
  • 1 night in an onsen village in a hotel with traditional Japanese rooms (twin share, half bath)
  • 2 nights in a Buddhist monastery in Koyasan (twin share, shared bathroom)
  • Daily meals included as listed in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers on the Kumano Kodo on all trekking days and day 4
  • Briefing in Kii-Tanabe at the start of your walk
  • Traditional boat ride from Hongu area to Shingu
  • Pre-departure pack including Kumano Kodo guidebook, detailed notes, luggage tags and RAW Travel buff (1 pack for 2 people travelling together)
  • RAW Travel’s exclusive interactive navigation app
Excluded
  • Local bus tickets
  • Train tickets to/from Kii-Tanabe and Koyasan
  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages other than water at meals
  • Expenses and items of a personal nature
  • Single supplement
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Japan’s ancient Kumano Kodo trails are nestled in the verdant mountains of the southern part of the beautiful Kii Peninsula, just south of Osaka. This lush and rugged area has been considered the abode of the gods and worshipped for centuries.

Our destination guide is bursting with all you need to know about walking the sacred Nakahechi pilgrimage route, the most popular and accessible of all the routes. You’ll love the peacefulness and tranquillity of the trail, the food (so elegant and refined!), the onsens (a cherished Japanese ritual), and the traditional family run guesthouses, full of character and charm.

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Customer Testimonials

Wonderful experience and beautiful walk. Enjoyed the Japanese style accommodation and loved that they were all so different. Really well-organised trip and everything went incredibly smoothly. The pre-tour information was incredible and covered absolutely everything.

Kate Baldry (Wallendbeen, NSW)

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It was extraordinary and a wonderful experience. The walk on the Nakahechi trail was spectacular. Enjoyed the varied and interesting accommodation, beautiful food and generosity of the Japanese people. Exceptional service and information. I will be highly recommending you to friends and family.

Kim Robinson (St Kilda, VIC)

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Your app and info was very thorough and paired with the briefing info made the self-guided walk easy to navigate. The food and hospitality was definitely a highlight and the peacefulness of walking through the forest and coming across shrines etc was amazing.

Alison Taylor (Auckland, NZ)

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The whole experience was wonderful. Walking in the forest with interesting people. The immersion in Japanese culture and history along the trail and towns. The traditional accommodation with friendly and welcoming hosts. The fabulous food and onsen.

Raquel Gabiola (Canberra, ACT)

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The Group, Self-Guided Trip – Nakasendo Way

Group Self Guided Moderate - Challenging
  • Trek in a group of like-minded travellers
  • A journey through the heart of Japan
  • Visit Nakatsugawa, Magome, Tsumago, Kiso Fukushima and Narai
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$3,250.00

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Nakasendo way, Narai
6 Days

Nakasendo Way

The Highlights Trip with Shimosuwa Onsen – Nakasendo Way

Group Guided Moderate - Challenging
  • Visit Shimosuwa, the only hot springs district
  • Understand the feudal history with our local guide
  • Walk the historical Nakasendo Way through the Kiso Valley
  • Visit Nakatsugawa, Magome, Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima and Narai
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$3,095.00

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