Embark on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage (2-nights, 3-days)

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Overview:

Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites on hikes through the 1,000 year old pilgrimage routes of the Kumano region, one of Japans spiritual hotbeds. Stay in century-old Japanese ryokan inns, complete with multiple-course meals and in-house hot springs.n ”

Highlights:

Hike in the footsteps of emperors and commoners alike on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails * Take a traditional riverboat down the Kumanogawa river on our final day * Stay at some of the best Japanese ryokan in the region, each with over a century of tradition serving pilgrims * Take a soak in a 1,800 year old hot spring (and the only World Heritage bathing spot in the world) * Enjoy healthy, fresh food and local delicacies every meal

Descriptions:

All meals, lodging and transportation is included in the tour price to/from Kyoto Station. Luggage forwarding service also provided (so you only need to hike with a daypack, and you wont need to carry your suitcase while were hiking or sightseeing).”, “ufeffufeffufeffLooking to escape the crowds of Kyoto or Tokyo and have limited time? Weve created the Kumano Pilgrimage Tour just for you! “, Our shortest tour takes you through the oldest and most historically significant of the four Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes – the Nakahechi. We begin at Kobiro-toge, a dark, densely forested section of the trail that is famous in old pilgrim tales for the beasts and goblins that were said to live there. From here we begin the climb into the Kumano mountains via the Nakahechi trail. * As we trek we follow in the footsteps of mountain ascetics and emperors from centuries past on their way to the grand shrine of Kumano Hongu Taisha, passing through their places of worship and long-abandoned tea houses. This hearkens to a time when so many Japanese completed the pilgrimage that it was commonly referred to as the “Kumano ant processions.”, “It will take us two days of trekking 6 hours each day to get to Hongu Shrine, the shrine that all four pilgrimage routes lead to. For our first night well be staying in Yunomine Onsen, one of Japans oldest hot spring towns (at least 1,800 years old!). Our accommodation is a comfortable family-run ryokan inn, complete with an open-air stone bath you can enjoy privately. The food is delicious Japanese onsen cuisine that you can enjoy with sake or a cold beer after our day of trekking.”, Within the town of Yunomine Onsen you can take a soak in the World Heritage hot spring called Tsuboyu (pictured above), located in a cabin on a river where the natural mouth of the hot spring is. This first-come-first-serve onsen can be used privately by 1-2 people for 30 minutes., “On Day 2 well leave our accommodation and get back on the Kumano Kodo trail to hike to Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine. It will take us about 5 hours to get there including a stop for lunch. After touring the shrine well head downhill to nearby Oyunohara. Hongu was originally located at Oyunohara before massive flooding in 1889 led to the shrines relocation at the current site. Oyunohara is now the site of the worlds largest torii gate, the Otorii, a massive steel structure which stands at nearly 34 meters high.”, “From Oyunohara well trek on a more direct trail back to Yunomine Onsen, grab our bags and head to Kawayu Onsen, another hot spring village famous for its free, public, open-air onsen in the river that flows past the village. Well stay in a ryokan inn again and youll have the option of eating Yakuzen ryori, or traditional health food, for dinner.”, We wake up the morning of our third and final day and hop on a riverboat on the Kumanogawa river towards Hayatama Taisha shrine, another World Heritage site that Kumano Kodo pilgrims would visit as part of their journey. The scenic 1.5 hour traditional longboat ride includes stories from our Japanese boat guide on the history of the river and the folk tales that come with it., “After getting off the boat and touring Hayatama Taisha shrine, well take a short walk to one of the oldest sites in Shino: Gotobiki-iwa. Gotobiki-iwa refers to a massive boulder at the top of a hill near Hayatama shrine where the gods first descended onto earth.”, “After visiting Gotobiki-iwa well make our way to Shingu Station and arrive back at Kyoto Station by 8:20 pm via train where our tour officially ends.n ”

Price:

107892 USD

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Address:

Kyoto Station (Tourist information center, 2F)

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