This site belongs to RAW Travel, a tour operator specialising in iconic walking tours worldwide. RAW Travel has sent more people to the Kumano Kodo than any other local operator and we have a dedicated team who deal with just the Kumano Kodo and Nakasendo hiking trails. We have unrivalled knowledge and experience of the Kumano Kodo and our staff travels out each year to update their first-hand knowledge. We put together the first English language guidebook for the Kumano Kodo and navigation app.
We also have own Japanese staff on the ground to smooth the way and help with any difficulties you may encounter. Preparation is key to enjoying this walk – we run free Kumano Kodo information nights and training walks to help our clients prepare properly and have a wealth of resources to help you prepare.
Speak to our staff and you'll soon see the difference with our experience compared to other operators who recently offer this trail but don't really know the intricacies of what's involved - which in turn can make or break your experience on the ground!
We can answer your many questions - it can be quite complex traveling in Japan for a first-timer. We provide our Kumano Kodo guidebook that will help your Japan trip go smoothly - everything from where to catch your train to cultural tips and pointers.
Our accommodations along the Nakahechi trail uses small ryokans and hotels, giving you an intimate and authentic encounter with Japanese culture. You'll find the food is excellent and after each day's walk you can relax in a onsen after your exertions on the trail.
RAW travel has staff in Japan, providing back-up for any emergencies. We included daily luggage transfers during the walk and produce our own exclusive guidebook for the Kumano Kodo trail. Our office team have all walked the Kumano Kodo and can give you first hand advice.
Our Kumano Kodo can be tailored to your ability and timeframes; providing you the experience you want, not just a packaged trip! We will listen and vary the length of trail stages to suit your needs and choose the best available accommodation. Come to one of our information nights to find out more.
The Kumano Kodo is a rugged mountain trail through forests and small hamlets, it is a marked contrast to Japan's big, hypermodern cities. This ancient 1200 year old Pilgrimage trail offers an immersion into traditional Japan as you progress towards the three spectacular shrines of the Kumano Sanzen.
Have a look inside our comprehensive destination guide for all the information and insights you need to prepare properly for your Kumano Kodo trip.
We cover all the travel essentials for Japan and information specific to the Kumano Kodo trail as well.