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 through sacred forests and villages, 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 an historic and pilgrimage walk. 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!
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
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
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
Kumano Kodo Beginner 3 Days
Experience the best sights and walks along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage path.
Ideal for beginners, the short and scenic walks lead you to the Grand Shrines of Kumano Hongu Taisha & Kumano Nachi Taisha.
Cherish the atmosphere while staying at a hidden onsen in the mountains (Kawayu Onsen) and on the coast (Katsuura Onsen) while dining on delicious local cuisine.
Best of Kumano Kodo 4 days
The Best of Kumano Kodo 4 days itinerary is ideal for beginners providing short, scenic walks.
Visit the three Grand Shrines of Kumano – Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha.
Experience the Kumano from a different perspective with a traditional boat ride along the Kumano River.
Kumano Kodo Advanced 4 days
After a leisurely stroll on day 1, you’ll be faced with 2 challenging full day walks culminating with a view of Japan’s tallest waterfall at Kumano Nachi Taisha.
Hike the passes of Kogumotori-goe (Ukegawa to Koguchi) and Ogumotori-goe (Koguchi to Nachi) with long ascents and descents, but offering fantastic views of the Kii mountains.
Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Route 4 days
Challenge yourself with two days of solid hiking on the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Route 4 days tour. Visit Kumano Hongu Taisha, the head shrine to over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan and one of the Kumano Sanzan (the three grand shrines of Kumano).
At the end of the hike, relax in the onsen town of Yunomine Onsen. Sooth the tired muscles in the natural hot springs.
Kumano Nakahechi Intermediate 5 days
There’s a variety of experiences along the ancient Kumano pilgrimage. Enjoy a visit to all three Kumano Grand Shrines, a ride on a traditional boat, and asome time in onsen villages to enjoy the hot springs.
The Kumano Nakahechi Intermediate tour provides some challenging hikes, with some steep climbs and descents, along with some easier walks around the shrine areas (last 3 days).
Full Kumano Kodo to Koyasan