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Address: Nakahechicho / Hongucho /Nachikatsuuracho, 646-0000
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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including...
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Wonderful and very unique experience

This walk is a wonderful blend of traditional Japanese life style fantastic Japanese food and hospitality and a physical challenge We did the walk over 6 days with a days break... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
Chris M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This walk is a wonderful blend of traditional Japanese life style fantastic Japanese food and hospitality and a physical challenge We did the walk over 6 days with a days break in the middle For fit people it could be done in 4 but we wanted to savour the experience The walk itself has lots of stairs up and down... More 

2 Thank Chris M
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I hike the whole Nakahechi 3-Day hike with my friend. It was one of the hardest and coolest things I've ever done. The first day we hiked from the pilgrimage center to Takahara. It was all uphill and tough, but oh so gorgeous! We loved our stay at Takahara Organic lodge. Then, we traveled two more days. The final day,... More 

1 Thank TakingTheBigBreak428
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We took the "imperial route" from Tanabe through Hongu to Shingu, and we did it in 3 days (with 10+ hours walking each day). So, it is a very long hike, steadily going up and down through deep woods and alongside crystal clear water. Along the way there are many shrines and some temples. We were surprised not to meet... More 

Southport, United Kingdom
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518 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We didn't have a lot of time left in our Japan travels so we did the one day hike: the Hongu Loop. Starting in Yunomine Onsen, we walked up a hill and through a forest, spotting a huge toad, forest crabs and Japanese macaques on the way. Our trip also took us through a temple area and some farmland with... More 

2 Thank PsychoSavager
Bilambil Heights, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We researched this online , and trained for the walk, but were nevertheless surprised at the difficulty of some sections of the walk from Takajira to Hongu Taisha. Make sure you keep to the Kumono Kodo path at road crossings, it is very well posted ( we took a wrong turn , as did some other travellers we talked to... More 

1 Thank enjoyingitnow
Hong Kong, China
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

It's a tough trail, if you do it alone. Not because it's spooky and there are wild animals around, but if something happens, you are very far away from getting any help. On some parts of it I would not meet a single soul for hours. I went upwards, from Kii Tanabe to Hongu Taisha(bus), then started the Kohecshi trail... More 

1 Thank Tanja S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I had never heard of the Kumano Kodo, but I knew I would be in Osaka for a business trip and was looking for a bit of a walking holiday after. Once I did my research, I planned the trip myself and booked accommodation to see me through: a stay in Kii-Tanabe so I could start the walk early the... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

This was on my bucket list to do before I left Japan. Start early, depending on your speed and also check out the elevations too to estimate how long you need. Don't expect it to be easy, but it's an amazing and refreshing experience.

1 Thank Jo S
Duffel, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

An different kind of Japan, the trails were better than those of the alps. Start early so you can see the Sunrise in the forest when it's still covered in the fog. Enjoy the silence and just be away from the crowd and relax in the forest and mountains. Yep, this part of Japan gave us an unexpected feeling. Don't... More 

3 Thank John C
Greater Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

4 hours train from the bustle of Osaka and you'll find yourself at Tanabe where the Kumano Kodo starts. A good Visitor Information Centre at the train station will help you plan your trip The well marked track (in English and Japanese) takes 4-5 days through the mountains passing shrines and oji statues. Pays to book ahead as accommodation can... More 

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