Kumano Kodo trail

Kumano Kodo walking and trekking information

 Kumano Kodo trail (self-guided, on demand) - Nakahechi route including Grand Shrines


This self-guided trip begins in Kii-Tanabe and covers the full Nakahechi route over 4 days of walking with a rest day in the Hongu area in between. Along the way you'll get to experience Japanese hospitality in traditional ryokans and minshukus as you walk the trail to the Grand Shrines of Kumano Hongu and Nachi Taisha. There is also the option to visit the 3rd Shrine, Hayatama Taisha, in Shingu at the end of your trek by spending an additional night in Kii-Katsuura.

As with other RAW Travel trips, this is a flexible itinerary and the trip can be adapted to your needs. For instance, you may like to add in more rest days at the end at Kii-Katsuura and relax by the coast or more time in the Hongu area.

Outline Itinerary - Kumano Kodo
Arrive Kii-Tanabe and tour orientation
Hike Takijiri to Tsugizakura (~18km)
Hike Tsugizakura to Kumano Hongu Taisha (~21km)
Explore Hongu area
Hike Hongu area to Koguchi (~13km)
Hike Koguchi to Kumano Nachi Taisha (~14.5km)
Conclusion of tour - depart Kii Katsuura

This Kumano Kodo trip includes

  • 1 night in Kii-Tanabe (twin share, ensuite)
  • 5 nights in traditional Japanese guesthouses (twin share, shared bathroom)
  • 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 Kumano Kodo guidebook, track notes, maps and an exclusive RAW Travel Kumano Kodo guidebook with detailed information and local maps (1 pack per 2 clients travelling together)
  • Our own in-house navigation app 

For full trip notes, current prices and other details about this trip please visit the trip page on our RAW Travel site (www.rawtravel.com) by clicking here.

Or call us on (03) 5976 3763 and speak to one of our RAW Travel Kumano Kodo experts who've completed the trip. We are Australia's most trusted and long-established operator for the Kumano Kodo and the official Dual Pilgrimage partner for Kumano Kodo and Camino de Santiago.