In the southern reaches of Japan’s rugged Kii Peninsula lies Kumano Kodo, a sacred site of nature worship, believed to be the abode of the gods since ancient times.
In the 6th century, indigenous beliefs merged with Buddhism, creating a unique spiritual landscape that led to the formation of a diversity of sacred rites. Today, these are linked by a network of pilgrimage routes known as the Kumano Kodo Trail.
Go on an immersive highlight walking trip through this thousand-year-old path traveling through remote villages and lush countryside. You’ll experience rich cultural traditions and the natural environment in the central and southern parts of the Nakahechi route. The pilgrimage takes you near Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine.
The Nakahechi trail is one of the oldest routes and is a mix of uneven dirt roads often lined with cobblestones and paved roads in the villages you will pass by. Stay overnight in traditional Japanese-style accommodations featuring hot springs. Get a taste of local, authentic Japanese cuisine through your meals.
Take a dip in the isolated hot spring baths and heal your mind and body at the end of the day. You’ll get to experience Kawayu-Onsen Minshuku (Onsen-Minshuku Oomuraya, Minshuku Tateishi, or Minshuku Sumiya, or same standard level Minshuku) and Katsuura-Onsen Minshuku (Onsen Minshuku Kosakaya, Minshuku Wkatake, or same standard level Minshuku).