The Nachi waterfall you can see on the Kumano Kodo

Sacred Kumano Kodo Tour (5d/4n)

Sacred Kumano Kodo Tour (5d/4n)

Have you always wanted to complete a part of a pilgrimage surrounded by forests and far away from the busy world? Our Sacred Kumano Kodo Tour offers an escape from daily life with a spiritual experience in the middle of nature.

Sacred Kumano Kodo Tour (5d/4n)

Kumano Kodo Tour Description

Kumano is an isolated sacred site of healing and salvation. It embodies the spiritual origins of Japan and has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. The steep, lush mountains of the Kii Peninsula are blessed with a rich cultural and natural heritage. Walking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route will be an unforgettable experience for you. Here are the special features of the tour:

1. You will walk the main trail of Kumano Kodo connecting the two most important Kumano shrines; Kumano Hongu Taisha and Nachi Taisha.

2. You can enjoy hot spring baths on days 3 and 4. After a long walk, there is nothing like a hot spring to relax your body.

3. This is a self-guided tour* for groups of 2 or more. We will take care of the details of the tour such as accommodation and meals where necessary and prepare an English hiking map for you. It will be easy to follow the trail with this map.

*We also offer this tour with English speaking guide

Best Season for the Kumano Kodo Tour

Spring is a great season for walking the Kumano Kodo; most of the snow will have melted away, and temperatures will be milder than in winter. You will also be able to avoid the heat and humidity of summer, so you will have enough energy to walk the challenging route.

Fall is also a great season for walking the Kumano Kodo; the heat and humidity of summer will have disappeared, and temperatures will be very comfortable for strenuous hiking. There also won’t be any snowfall at all.

Please be informed that the Kumano Kodo is mainly a dirt road with a lot of inclines and declines. You will walk 14-20 km every day and on the last day, the total elevation gain is 1,260 meters. You need to be in reasonable shape to be able to complete the tour.


Kumano Kodo Tour Date and Price

Arrival and Departure: Starts and ends at Shin-Osaka Station
Date of the Tour: as this is a private tour, you can set your own date
Tour Price: USD 550 (self-guided, includes accommodation and some meals)

For a guided tour, we can provide you with a private English speaking guide for the whole tour, the tour fee then becomes USD 1,980 per person (2 persons) or USD 1,380 per person (4 persons). The guide will pick you up at your hotel in Osaka and also drop you off in Osaka after the tour ends.

Your train fee, bus fee, and admission fee are included in the price.

Kumano Kodo Tour Highlights

Day 1: Shin Osaka – Kii Tanabe

  • Express Train Kuroshio

Day 2: Kii Tanabe – Kumano Kodo – Tsugizakura Oji

  • Takijiri Oji
  • Plum Ice Cream
  • Gyubadoji Statue

Day 3: Tsugizakura Oji – Kumano Kodo – Kumano Hongu Shrine – Kawayu

Day 4: Kawayu – Kumano Kodo – Natchi (Shrine & Waterfalls) – Nachi Katsuura

  • Funami-toge, Kumano Kodo
  • Nachi Taisha Shrine
  • Nachi Waterfalls

Day 5: Nachi Katsuura – Ise Jingu Shrine – Nagoya



Day 1: Shin Osaka – Kii Tanabe

Day 2: Kii Tanabe – Takijiri Oji – Kumano Kodo – Tsugizakura Oji

Day 3: Tsugizakura Oji – Kumano Hongu Shrine – Kawayu

Day 4: Kawayu – Kumano Kodo – Nachi (Shrine & Waterfalls) – Nachi Katsuura

Day 5: Nachi Katsuura – Shin Osaka

Kumano Koto Tour Map


  • 1 night Western-style accommodation, 3 nights Japanese style accommodation (*hotel type is subject to change)
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 2 lunch, and 3 dinners). We will provide bento boxes for lunch on days 3 and 4.


  • International airfares
  • Transportation to Osaka
  • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills


You can extend your vacation before/after the tour in Osaka, Tokyo, or other areas of Japan. Please contact us for more details.


Arrival/Departure: The tour starts and ends at Shin-Osaka Station. If you need a hotel and transfer, we can arrange them upon request.
Meal Requests: Vegetarian, halal or special meals can be arranged
*Please note that the tour schedule and prices are subject to change without notice


>46 days prior to arrival date in Japan: no penalty
45-31 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 10% of the tour fee
30-15 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 20% of the tour fee
14- 8 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 30% of the tour fee
7 – 3 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 50% of the tour fee
<3 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 100% of the tour fee

Feedback From Clients (for other tours)

Marcel – 2019 Summer –
Highly recommended! 
The guide didn’t only tell us a lot about the history of Japan but she also told us a lot about Japanese customs and culture. We used the knowledge we gained during the tour throughout the rest of our trip in Japan, it is very useful to do a private tour at the start of your holiday so that the rest of your trip becomes a lot smoother.

L. I. – 2019 Autumn –
Very interesting bicycle tour through Tokyo 
The day after we arrived we did a bicycle tour through Tokyo with a very pleasant guide. She told us a lot during the tour and was very helpful in giving tips for the rest of the day. The tour was varied, with a bunch of different sights in a short period of time. It was also interesting to receive background explanation from someone with a non-Japanese background in addition to the Japanese guides we had during the rest of our stay as it gave a different perspective on past and current events. This was a great tour!

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