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Tours - Kumano Kodo Nakabeji 3 Days
Tour includes:
  • Accommodation at selected hotels with meals as mentioned in your final itinerary.
  • Meals if mentioned in the final itinerary
  • Transfers if mentioned in your final itinerary:
  • Public transport on tour day
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax  
Tour excludes:
  • Personal expenses
  • Early/late check-in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request) 
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink, and alcohol on all included or optional excursion
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and expenditure of a personal nature
Notes:
  • Surcharge applies if the departure is during public holidays in Japan
 
 

DAY 1: HONGU ONSEN-KYO ARRIVAL

Today you will embark on the JR Shinkansen to arrive at Kii-Tanabe Station. Then, transfer to the bus to travel to the Honmiya area Hongu Onsenkyo. The Hongu Onsen-kyo area is made up of the three hot spring hamlets: Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, Wataze Onsen. The journey will take around two hours. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and prepare for your Kumano Kodo hiking tomorrow.  
 

DAY 2: KUMANO KODO PILGRIMAGE

Today, let's wake up for a hearty breakfast before heading to the closest bus stop of your stay-in accommodation to travel to Prince Shinshinmon for hiking.
Upon arrival, start hiking from Prince Shinshinmon. Located in Hongu-cho,  Prince Shinshinmon is said to have renewed the spirit of worship. Continue walking to Kumano Hongu Taisha, which is said to be originally located at Oyunohara, a sandbank at the confluence of the Kumano and Otonashi Rivers. Legend has it that the Kumano deities, in the form of three moons, descended into the branches of a giant oak tree in this clearing. All of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes lead to this sacred site. Later on, reaching Daisaihara, a large tent set up at a location about 700 meters away from main shrine of Kumano Hongu Taisha. Kumano Hongu Taisha was there until being washed away by the flood in 1902.
After the long hiking, walk to the Kii-Katsuura Station for your bus to Katsuura for an overnight stay. 
 

DAY 3: KUMANO KODO PILGRIMAGE - DEPARTURE

After breakfast, make your way to the Kii-Katsuura Station for the bus to Daimon-zaka, an impressive cobblestone staircase slope that runs from the base of the valley to Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji Temple, and Nachi waterfall. It is lined with centuries-old Japanese cedars (cryptomeria), cypress, camphor trees, and bamboo groves. Daimon-zaka means “large gate slope” referring to a gate that once stood nearby. Follow the pilgrimage route to Kumano Nachi Taisha, a Shinto shrine located halfway up Nachi Mountain with religious origin in the ancient nature worship of Nachi-no-Otaki. Visit Seigantoji Temple, the brilliant red three-story pagoda of Seigantoji Temple is a striking example of a man-made structure in synergy with the natural environment. Enjoy the beauty of the evergreen primeval forest and with an awe-inspiring 133-meter drop of Nachi Falls before reaching your bus station close by for your bus back to Kii-Katsuura Station. Upon arrival, take your JR Shinkansen from Kii-Katsuura Station to reach your destination. The tour ends here.
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