KUMANO KODO | JAPAN
Join our Wise Women Walking tour to the southern region of Japans Kii Peninsula, an ancient and mysterious land where pilgrimage and spiritual training have occurred for centuries.
You will follow the Nakahechi Route from Takijiri-oji, into the mountains all the way to Hongu, then board a traditional boat to Shingu on the Kumano-gawa River. Hiking the Main Route, plus Dainichi-goe, and Kogumotori-goe sacred trails, a distance of approximately 57km over 5 unforgettable days. On this fully guided trek you will have the opportunity to experience the challenge of this hilly pilgrim route on autumn forest trails, visiting shrines and learning about spiritual practices, culture and traditions along the way.
Enjoy walking with a daypack and have your main luggage transferred daily to your overnight accommodation.
At the end of each day we relax in traditional Japanese homestays or hotels where you can enjoy a relaxing onsen and dine on delicious Japanese cuisine each night.
Dual Pilgrims and adventure seekers, come with us and immerse yourself in 1000 years of Japanese culture and history.
Bring your boots, your day pack and an adventurous spirit for our exclusive women’s only walking tour on the Kumano Kodo Trail.
Small group hosted adventure with women only involving day walks and comfortable accommodation each night.
Date: 29/10/19 – 6/11/19
Type: Wise Women Walking
Group Size: 12 including Host/s
Investment: $4,490 per person
Accommodation: Western and Japanese rooms
Date 27/09/19 – 06/10/19
Start Madrid, Spain
Finish Madrid, Spain
Type Challenge Trip
Group Size 12-15 + Host
Investment $2,499 per person | twin share
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International Flights NOT included.
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All meals as per the itinerary
B x 8 | L x 6 | D x 8
Train (Shingu to Tanabe)
2 nights Western rooms,
6 nights Japanese rooms
Guided Kumano Kodo Trek – Nakahechi Route,
Ceremony for Dual Pilgrims, Yoga and Meditation Session
Please note itinerary can be subject to change at anytime.
- Twin share rooming, limited single rooming is available but not for every night in this itinerary, surcharge applies
- A minimum of 6 travellers are required for this trip to depart
- Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
- Full payment due 90 day prior to departure (27th July 2019)
- Japanese style accommodation and food is traditional on the Kumano Kodo which includes sleeping on futons on the floor and enjoying a variety of cuisines offered exclusively for the region. Please note that not all dietary requests can be catered for and MUST be declared at time of booking. Note dietary requirements cannot be added while travelling on this tour
- Sections of the Kumano Kodo do get damaged during severe weather events and detours may be in place
- See Big Heart Adventures full terms and conditions HERE
A very good level of fitness is needed for this trek. You will be required to carry a day pack over rocky, steep and uneven terrain up to 7 hours a day. This trek includes steep ascents and descents at times.
You will have the opportunity to follow a self-guided training program provided by Big Heart Adventures or join our weekend training walks 8 weeks prior to departure.
- Qualified and professional English and Japanese speaking guide Big Heart Adventures Outdoor Leader
- Big Heart Adventures ioMerino top and Big Heart Adventures Buff
- Optional weekend group training walks in Adelaide Hills and 8 week self-directed training program
- Hiking the Kumano Kodo – Nakahechi Route
- Yoga and Meditation Session in Nachisan
- 8 nights twin share accommodation in a combination of Japanese and Western style rooms
- Traditional boat journey
- Visit with time to explore and reflect at Oyunohara
- Visit with time to worship, explore and reflect at the Kumano Sanzan (all 3 Great Shrines)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinners) as per itinerary for the duration of the tour – Japanese Style
- Main luggage (1 bag per person) is transferred each day to your overnight accommodation
- Train from Shingu Station to Kii-Tanabe Station
- Bus transport during the tour
- Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
- A comprehensive pre-departure information kit
- Journal and Pen
- International Flights
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance
- Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional tours and sightseeing
- Travel arrangements to Tanabe on Day 1 (Tour starts late afternoon on this day in Tanabe)
- Travel arrangements from Tanabe on final day (Tour ends the morning of this day in Tanabe)
Your hosts: Beatrice Jeavons and Mike Rhodes
Lisa is the founder of Big Heart Adventures and brings an extensive portfolio of personal adventure travel as well as boundless enthusiasm & proven expertise in travel planning.
Lisa’s attention to detail and passion for curating unique experiences has allowed her to plan travel, adventures & holidays for an extensive demographic of clients over many years.
An experienced adventure traveller, having completed expeditions including the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, Inca Trail in Peru, Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Overland Track in Tasmania, Milford and Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand to name a few, Lisa knows first-hand the challenges and amazing reward that exploring the outdoors adds to your life.
Amanda Panazzolo is originally from Adelaide though she has lived in Western Australia and for a short time in the UK. Travel is in her blood and she has shared many adventures with her husband and three children in Australia and throughout the world. She enjoys many styles of travel including hiking and camping though sometimes she also likes having access to a few extra luxuries and an art gallery or two.
A “jack of all trades” but most recently she was a secondary school tourism teacher and a graduate in Ecotourism studies. Travel has always been her first passion, walking and hiking were later additions to her list of hobbies. With her husband in tow, Amanda walked 400 km of the Frances route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in 2016 and then solo in 2017 for 700km of the same path. The Camino is a call to self and it has been calling her name for many years.