Historic & Pilgrimage Walk Explorer

Historic & Pilgrimage Walk Explorer

In Japan, there still exists a long list of historical and sacred places. You can explore the same trails where, in ancient times, monks and pilgrims trekked to temples and shrines, and where samurai and emperors travelled between Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto by foot. Be transported back into the middle ages of Japan on a historic and pilgrimage walk.

Mt Koya (Koyasan), whose head temple, Kongobu-ji (founded by Kobo Daishi), is the centre of esoteric Shingon Buddhism. It has a 1200 year history and has more than 100 temples scattered throughout the area, thus forming a great religious town in the middle of the lotus-shaped mountain range.

Kumano-Kodo is a unique World Heritage site. It is a cluster of ancient sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain range, one of the most remote and mystical places in Japan. Pilgrims have travelled to the three grand Kumano shrines via the walking routes for over a thousand years.

Tsumago and Magome are two of the 69 station towns with traditional inns and accommodations along the old Nakasendo – the route which connected Tokyo and Kyoto in the Edo period. Step back in time with a visit to these historical towns and enjoy the short hike past waterfalls, forests and farmland between them.

Travel in the footsteps of the ancients while walking through sacred forests and villages. Imagine what it was like in the days of samurai and shogun warlords.

*These packages are self-guided, so you can start whenever you like and you can add or reduce days as desired. We can re-arrange the plan to create a unique package for your individual needs!

Discover Mt Koya 7 days Package

Sacred Mt Koya 7 Days

Mt Koya (Koyasan) is the centre of Shingon Buddhism which is one of the most important sects of Buddhism in Japan. It was founded by Kobo Daishi in 805.

To this day Mt Koya remains as a spiritual retreat, one of the holiest places and the best place in Japan to spend a night in a Shukubo (temple lodging).

You will have the opportunity to interact with resident monks and enjoy ‘shojin-ryori’ meals of traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.

Route: Osaka, Mt Koya, Kyoto

Price: From $1,025 per person
(based on twin share)
Nakasendo Ancient Edo Walk 7 days Package Tour

Ancient Edo Walk – Nakasendo – 7 Days

The Nakasendo is one of Japan’s ancient walkways. The trail connects Kyoto and Tokyo and was the route taken by feudal lords, samurai, merchants and pilgrims.

The friendly and atmospheric post towns of Tsumago and Magome, Narai-juku and Kiso-Fukushima provide travellers with traditional accommodation and delicious meals.

Step back in time to the Edo period as you venture along the picturesque sections of this ancient track.

Route: Kyoto, Magome-juku, Tsumago-juku, Kiso-Fukushima, Narai-juku, Matsumoto, Tokyo

Price: From $2,522 per person
(based on twin share)
Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Walk 9 days Package Tour

Pilgrimage Walk – Kumano Kodo – 9 Days

The Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrimage path through the Kumano mountains of the Kii Peninsula.

For thousands of years emperors and pilgrims alike have walked this arduous journey to worship at the three Grand Shrines of Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha.

Experience the extraordinary spiritual journey of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage path, enjoy staying at hidden Onsen and feast on the delicious local cuisine!

Route: Osaka, Kii-tanabe, Kumano Kodo, Nachi-san, Nachi-Katsuura, Kushimoto

Price: From $1,723 per person
(based on twin share)