This site belongs to RAW Travel, a tour operator specialising in iconic walking tours worldwide. Our staff dedicated to the Kumano Kodo have all walked the trail and some have lived in Japan, so we have good familiarity with the walk and can answer your trip-related questions. We send both organised groups and individuals on self guided trips to the Kumano Kodo. We have a commitment to travel out to Japan each year to update our information and knowledge of the trail.
Click here to see the various self-guided tour options we offer on the Kumano Kodo:
You can speak to someone in the same time zone as you, come to one of our frequent talks on the Kumano Kodo and other walks we organise and actually deal with people who’ve done the walk and can answer your many questions about travelling there – it can be quite complex travelling in Japan for a first timer. We provide detailed information and track notes for your walk that will help your Japan trip go smoothly – everything from where to catch your train to cultural tips and pointers. No international money transfers needed and you deal with a reputable and experienced operator that helps keep jobs here in Australia.
RAW Travel is an independently owned family business that was started with a vision to put some of the adventure back into ‘adventure travel’. At RAW we love to create inspiring journeys that offer genuine interaction with the people, cultures and places we visit. We believe travelling by foot offers opportunities that vehicle bound travel can’t.
We’re a specialist company and we’ve been operating active trips in Asia since 1999 so we are one of the most experienced operators you can choose. We enjoy providing a friendly, personal service where you’re treated as an individual (no call centres here!). Being specialists allows us to deliver you a level of care and experience that comes from being focused. We pride ourselves on our staff’s intimate knowledge of the Kumano Kodo. So we really do “know because we go” and create walks that show you the best of the area.
Minimising the environmental impact from the way we travel, the places we visit and the cultures we experience, is an absolute priority in everything we do. It’s that simple. In today’s world travelling lightly is no longer just an admirable sentiment but a necessity. We always look for ways to improve our impact on the ground by monitoring our client’s environmental and cultural impacts. We have achieved advanced eco-certification on some of our trips and are committed to ensuring the benefits of our walks are distributed to the people of the region – many of our staff are locals from the area and supplies are bought there.
We won’t cut corners or ever compromise on the quality of your trip. We don’t want to run thousands of trips every year – because the quality of your experience is much more important than quantity to us. We’re still small enough to care about our travellers as individuals and we want to stay that way! RAW deals direct with the public and operates its own adventures so we can keep tight control over the quality of our trips. We take notice of the feedback you give us and your opinions do matter.