Best of Kumano Kodo
Best of Kumano Kodo
Best of Kumano Kodo

Best of Kumano Kodo 4 days

See the highlights of the Kumano at a slow pace

Duration 3 nights and 4 days
Departs Daily
Price From $1,150 per person (based on twin share)

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.


Day 1: Osaka – Kumano Kodo

Board a train to Kii-Tanabe, where you will meet staff for a brief tour orientation. Drop your luggage off at the Kumano Travel Support Centre and shop for some local goods and souvenirs. Grab some lunch before boarding a bus to your accommodation at Kawayu Onsen. (you will receive your luggage at your accommodation)

Accommodation: Kawayu Onsen- 1 night (Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch for Day 2)

Day 2: Kumano Kodo (Hosshinmon-oji – Kumano Hongu Taisha – Yunomine Onsen)

Luggage shuttle from Kawayu Onsen to Yunomine Onsen.

Pick up your lunch from your accommodation and board the bus to Hosshinmon-oji to begin your day’s hike through the forest trails of the Kumano Kodo. Visit Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, the head shrine to over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan and one of the Kumano Sanzan (the three grand shrines of Kumano).

Walking Distance: 7 km
Time: approx. 2~3 hours

From Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, make your way to Oyunohara, a sandbank at the confluence of the Kumano and Otonashi Rivers, marked by the largest Torii shrine gate in the world. Take a look at the Kumano Hongu Heritage Centre and learn more about Kumano’s cultural landscape.

Walk along the Dainichi-goe route (or take a local bus) from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen.

Walking Distance: 2 km
Time: approx. 1 – 2 hours

Accommodation: Yunomine Onsen – 1 night (Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch for Day 3)

Day 3: Yunomine Onsen – Kii-Katsuura

Luggage shuttle from Yunomine Onsen to Kii-Katsuura.

Board a local bus to Michi-no-Eki Kumano-gawa. Enjoy a river cruise in a traditional wooden flat-bottomed boat, as pilgrims have been doing for centuries, to Hayatama Taisha, the second Grand Shrine of Kumano. Visit Kamikura-jinja Shrine and marvel at the dynamic Gotobiki-iwa, a gigantic rock halfway up the mountain.

Take a train to Kii-Katsuura and explore the Onsen complex of Hotel Urashima. Soak in its famous Boki-do Cave Onsen, revelling in the incredibly spectacular scenery from the onsen bath.

Accommodation: Kii-Katsuura – 1 night (Dinner and Breakfast)

Day 4: Kii-Katsuura – Nachi-san

Catch a local bus to Daimonzaka, an impressive cobblestone staircase/slope which leads to Kumano Nachi Taisha (the third Grand Shrine of Kumano), Seiganto-ji and Nachi waterfall (the tallest waterfall in Japan).

Walking Distance: 1.5 km
Time: approx. 45 minutes

Move on to your next destination in the afternoon.

*The Best of Kumano Kodo 4 days tour can be changed and the length increased or decreased to match your requirements.


– Hike along the World Heritage Kumano Kodo Trail
– Experience the onsen towns of Kawayu and Yunomine
– Visit the three grand shrines of Kumano
– Traditional flat-bottomed boat ride along the Kumano River

Package Details:

Duration 3 nights and 4 days (travel order can be changed, length of tour can be extended or decreased)
Departure Dates Available all year round
Route Kii-Tanabe, Kawayu Onsen, Kumano Kodo, Yunomine Onsen, Shingu, Nachi-san, Nachi-Katsuura
Tour type Self-guided package: pick up/drop off service is not available
Price (land fee) Twin share from $1,150 per person
*Seasonal fee may apply (arriving in March, April, May, October and November)

Package inclusions:

– 3 nights accommodation in a standard room in 3-4 star hotel and/or ryokan
・ 1 night in Kawayu Onsen – Kameya Ryokan or similar
・ 1 night in Yunomine Onsen – Ryokan Yunomineso or similar
・ 1 night in Kii-Katsuura – Hotel Urashima or similar

– Meals
・ Dinner, breakfast and lunch at Kawayu Onsen
・ Dinner, breakfast and lunch at Yunomine Onsen
・ Dinner and breakfast in Kii-Katsuura

– Luggage transfer service during Kumano Kodo walk (from Kii-Tanabe to Kawayu Onsen to Yunomine Onsen to Kii-Katsuura)

Package exclusions:

– Flights: We can assist with your flights to match your itinerary.
*If you have already booked your flight, please provide us with your flight details or send us copies of e-tickets when you book/enquire.

– Travel expenses

– Meals: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.

– Activities or tours: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
*You can add any day tours or activities you like, we can arrange this for you.

– Admission fees: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.

– Personal expenses

– Travel insurance


*Non-smoking rooms may be available on request. We book non-smoking rooms when available.
*Please read our term and conditions.
*Package inclusions are subject to availability.
*Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.