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6 DAYS ANCIENT KUMANO KODO TRAIL

Mt. Koya, Kumano Kodo & Ise

Great Walks, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • A fantastic hiking at Wakayama’s spiritual countryside with unique cultural landscape 
  • Explore an ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage Trail registered as a UNESCO heritage site
  • Temple lodging in Mt. Koya with morning prayer rituals
  • Optional foodie experiences such as delicious seafood at Ama-goya restaurant

The Kumano Kodo Trail has for more than a thousand years been walked by Japanese pilgrim from all walks of life.

We have carefully selected the most beautiful sections of the trail where you will indulge in Japanese culture and tradition, understand the Sacred Shinto religion and enjoy some of the loveliest sceneries. Experience a stay in Mt. Koya temple lodging and conclude with a glimpse of the outstanding costal retreat at Ise Peninsula.

From

SGD 5,380 Per Person

6 Days 5 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Osaka / Mt. Koya

Arrival in Osaka / Mt. Koya
Mt. Koya
Dinner included

Arriving in Osaka, we drive 70km/1.5h to Mt. Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism at a forest-clad slopes. Visit Danjo Garan and Kongobuji Temples followed by overnight at a quaint temple lodge with vegetarian food.

Day 02 Mt. Koya / Nakaheichi Route / Kawayu

Mt. Koya / Nakaheichi Route / Kawayu
Kawayu
Breakfast included, Dinner at hotel

Start with an enchanting morning prayer ritual with local monks reciting Rishu Kyo sutra. Descend 120km/2h to the starting point of the Kumano Kodo’s Nakaheichi route. Hike from Chikatsuyu-oji to Tsugizakura-oji (4.2km/2h) following a mountain trail passing Takahara and Chikatsuyu villages. A further 20km/1.5h drive brings us to Kawayu hot spring area.

Day 03 Kawayu / Kohechi Route / Kawayu

Kawayu / Kohechi Route / Kawayu
Kawayu
Breakfast included, Dinner at hotel

Today, we follow Kumano Kodo’s Kohechi route from Hosshinmon Gate to Kumano Hongu Grand Shine (7.5km/3h). This area is known for its bright green spring trees which turn deep red in autumn. Walk through a small village into the precincts of Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine. This afternoon, we enjoy an adrenaline-filled water jet riding in Dorokyo Gorge, designated as one of Japan’s special monuments of scenic beauty blessed with steep cliffs, emerald waters and unique rock formations.

Day 04 Kawayu / Shigu / Nachi Taisha Route / Nachikatsuura

Kawayu / Shigu / Nachi Taisha Route / Nachikatsuura
Nachikatsuura
Breakfast & Dinner included

Set off 30km/0.5h to Shigu to visit Hayatama Taisha Shrine, one of Kumano’s three most important shrines. Continue into Kumano Kodo’s Nachi Taisha route (1.5km/1.5h) from Daimon-zaka slope lined with centuries-old camphor tress and bamboo groves. From the valley base, we head to Nachi waterfall where we find the bright red Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine next to the tranquil Seiganto-ji Temple. Thereafter, we drive 10km/0.5h to the coastal town of Nachikatsuura

Day 05 Nachikatsuura / Ise

Nachikatsuura / Ise
Ise
Breakfast & Dinner included

Drive 150km/2.5h to Ise. Visit Ise Grand Shrine, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines and designated as a National Treasure. Continue to Okage Tokocho Street where its Ise Tsumairi-styled buildings meet Western-styled Kuwanashi buildings. Enjoy leisure afternoon time at hotel to enjoy the beautiful view.

Day 06 Ise / Departure from Osaka

Ise / Departure from Osaka
Nil
Breakfast included

Visit Futami Okitama Shrine, a couple rock side by side in the sea. After delicious seafood lunch at the popular Ama-goya restaurant with its signature Ise Lobster (own expense, reservation recommended).

Thereafter, depending on flight times, we transfer 220km/3h to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport or 179km/2.5h to Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport for your flight home.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD) / Low Season (Jan-Feb, Jun, Sep-Oct) • High Season (Mar-May, Jul-Aug, Nov-Dec)

Minimum 2 Pax
Low Season: S$8,380
High Season: S$8,980
Minimum 4 Pax
Low Season: S$5,380
High Season: S$5,980
Single Supplement
Low Season: S$850
High Season: S$900

Ekoin Temple Mt KoyaKawayu-Onsen MidoriyaHotel Urashima NachikatsuuraToba Grand Hotel Ise

Mt. Koya

Mt. Koya

Ekoin Temple (Superior room with private bathroom)

Located in the peaceful Mt. Koya area, this modest quaint temple lodging serves vegetarian food.
(Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 10)

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Kawayu

Kawayu

Kawayu-Onsen Midoriya (Japanese Room)

Located in a river valley considered as home of the gods since ancient times, this onsen hotel features classical Japanese-styled rooms and open-air bath located on the river bed.
(Refurbished: 2008; Rooms: 60)

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Nachikatsuura

Nachikatsuura

Hotel Urashima (Nisshokan Japanese Room)

Standing right on the coast, this hotel features six different types of complimentary hot spring baths, the most impressive of which is the natural cave open-air bath with views of the Pacific Ocean.(Refurbished: 2015; Rooms:731)

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Ise

Ise

Toba Grand Hotel (Sakuru Floor Twin Room)

Perched on a hill overlooking the quiet Obama Bay in Toba, this hotel boasts magnificent ocean views from the lobby and guest rooms. Japanese cuisine and buffet meals feature fresh, locally sourced seafood. Guests can relax in the large communal baths or the open-air hot springs while enjoying views of the Toba Bay
(Opened: 2018; Rooms: 87)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD) / Low Season (Jan-Feb, Jun, Sep-Oct) • High Season (Mar-May, Jul-Aug, Nov-Dec)

Minimum 2 Pax
Low Season: S$9,380
High Season: S$9,980
Minimum 4 Pax
Low Season: S$5,980
High Season: S$6,380
Single Supplement
Low Season: S$1,100
High Season: S$1,180

Ekoin Temple Mt KoyaKawayu-Onsen FujiyaHotel Nakanoshima Nachikatsuura Oyado The Earth Hotel Ise

Mt. Koya

Mt. Koya

Ekoin Temple (Superior room with private bathroom)

Located in the peaceful Mt. Koya area, this modest quaint temple lodging serves vegetarian food.
(Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 10)

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Kawayu

Kawayu

Kawayu-Onsen Fujiya (Japanese with open - air bath)

Boasting hot spring baths and river views, Kawayu Onsen Fujiya is a historic onsen situated near the Kumano pilgrimage route. Sophisticated Japanese multi-course meals are served here.
(Refurbished: 2008; Rooms: 31)

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Nachikatsuura

Nachikatsuura

Hotel Nakanoshima (Naginosho Western Room)

Surrounded by the graceful ocean with emerald-green hue, this hotel offers spacious Japanese-styled rooms with ocean views. Guests can soak in the outdoor hot spring baths.
(Refurbished: 2008; Rooms: 139)

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Ise

Ise

Oyado The Earth Hotel (Ocean Suite with open air bath)

Seated on Ise-Shima National Park with 178,512sqm space, this boutique hotel only welcomes guests above 12 years old. An ideal base to visit Ise-jingu shrine, natural hot spring directly flows into the open-air bath in each room. (Refurbished: 2011; Rooms: 16)

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Upgrade Hotel

 

Upgrade Cat. 2 hotel in Ise to

Upgrade Cat. 2 hotel in Ise to

Amanemu (Mori Suite)

A rustic ryokan-inspired retreat on the shores of Ago Bay where Japan’s ancient hospitality finds its contemporary expression and rejuvenative wellness experiences.
(Opened: 2016; Rooms: 24)

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Twin Share Additional S$450
Single Share Additional S$900
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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned vehicle 
  • Local English-speaking expert guide in each city
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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