Kumano Kodo, Koyasan & Kyoto

Koyasan Walking the Kumano Kodo Japan

Self-guided Kumano Kodo, Koyasan and Kyoto tour with a flexible itinerary

This self-guided Kumano Kodo trip starts off in Kyoto, exploring the many wonderful attractions of Japan's cultural heartland. You will then visit Koyasan, home to 115 temples on a venerated Buddhist mountain and a chance to stay in an active monastery before you depart on the full Kumano Kodo walk along the Nakahechi route. As with other RAW Travel trips the days can be modified to suit your time schedule. For example, adding extra nights in Kyoto or Koyasan or reducing the duration by skipping an element - itineraries are flexible.

This is a self-guided Kumano Kodo trip and it can depart on dates of your choosing (subject to accommodation availability):

Outline itinerary
Day 1 | Arrive Kyoto
Day 2 | Explore Kyoto
Day 3 | Explore Kyoto
Day 4 | Kyoto to Koyasan
Day 5 | Explore Koyasan
Day 6 | Transfer Koyasan to Kii-Tanabe and tour orientation
Day 7 | Hike Takijiri to Tsugizakura (up to 18km)
Day 8 | Hike Tsugizakura to Kumano Hongu Taisha (up to 22km)
Day 9 | Explore Hongu area
Day 10 | Hike Hongu area to Koguchi (13km)
Day 11 | Hike Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha (14.5km)
Day 12 | Conclusion of tour - depart Kii-Katsuura

The trip includes

  • Private Orientation meeting in Kyoto 
  • 3 nights in a centrally located hotel in Kyoto (twin share, ensuite)
  • 2 nights in a Buddhist monastery on Koyasan (twin share, shared bathroom)
  • 1 night in Kii-Tanabe (twin share, ensuite)
  • 5 nights in traditional Japanese guesthouses (twin share, shared bathroom)
  • Regional Rail Pass (Kansai Wide Area Pass 5 Days)
  • Daily meals included as listed in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers on the Kumano Kodo on all trekking days
  • Briefing in Kii-Tanabe at the start of your walk
  • Pre-departure pack including track notes, maps and a Japanese phrasebook (1 pack per 2 clients travelling together)

For full trip notes and other details about this trip please visit our RAW Travel Kumano Kodo Destination Page

Or call us on (03) 5976 3763 and speak to one of our RAW Travel Kumano Kodo experts who've completed the trip