Kumano Kodo
Kumano Kodo
Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo Beginner 3 Days

Journey to Kumano’s spiritual roots

Duration 2 nights and 3 days
Departs Daily
Price From $685 per person (based on twin share)

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.


Day 1: Osaka – Kumano Kodo

Board a train to Kii-Tanabe, where you will meet the assistant staff at the Tanabe Tourist Information Centre for a brief tour orientation. Visit the Kumano Travel Support Centre for some local goods and souvenirs. Meet the luggage shuttle staff here, 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)

Luggage shuttle from Kawayu Onsen to Katsuura.

Pick up your lunch from your accommodation and board the bus to Hosshinmon-oji to begin your day’s hike along the Kumano Kodo trail. 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).

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.

Take a local bus from Hongu to Kii-Katsuura to your accommodation.

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

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

Day 3: 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), thus completing your Kumano Pilgrimage walk. Move on to your next destination in the afternoon.

Walking Distance: 1.5 km
Time: approx. 45 minutes

*The Kumano Kodo Beginner tour can be changed and the length increased or decreased to match your requirements.


– Walk along the World Heritage Kumano Kodo Trail
– Relax as you soak in Kawayu Onsen
– Visit Kumano Hongu Taisha and Nachi Taisha
– Experience traditional Japanese inns – Ryokan & Minshuku

Package Details:

Duration 2 nights and 3 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, Nachi-san, Nachi-Katsuura
Tour type Self-guided package: pick up/drop off service is not available
Price (land fee) Twin share from $685 per person
*Seasonal fee may apply (arriving in March, April, May, October and November)

Package inclusions:

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

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

– Luggage transfer service during Kumano Kodo walk (from Kii-Tanabe to Kawayu Onsen, Kawayu 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.