Join the Kumano World Heritage Tour (3-nights, 4-days)

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Visit 9 World Heritage sites, stay in authentic, comfortable ryokan inns and eat delicious local food on this hiking tour through the remote mountainous region of Kumano as we complete the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage to the Grand Shrines of Kumano.n


Visit 9 World Heritage Sites including Nachi Taisha, Hongu Taisha and the Kumano Kodo * Take a traditional riverboat downstream en route to Hayatama Taisha Shrine * Stay in comfortable ryokan with fantastic food and in-house hot springs, “Eat fresh, locally caught tuna sashimi on our last nights stay at a seaside ryokan”, All lodging, transportation, meals and full-time guiding covered to/from Kyoto


Those looking to complete the full Kumano Kodo pilgrimage to the three grand shrines of the Kumano sect of Shinto can complete the journey on my Kumano World Heritage Tour. * This tour takes you to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites: the original pilgrimage route known as the Nakahechi, the 1,800 year old Tsuboyu hot spring, the Kumanogawa river used by pilgrims to travel south from Hongu Taisha, Gotobiki-iwa, Seigantoji temple, Nachi Falls, and all three grand shrines of the Kumano sect known as Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha and Hayatama Taisha. * The tour begins at 6:30am on Day 1 in Kyoto Station where well have a quick briefing before hopping on the coastal Kuroshio Express down the Kii Peninsula. Well make our way to Hosshinmon-oji, a subsidiary shrine called “the gate to spiritual awakening.” Here well start our hike along the Akagi-goe route, a centuries-old ridge trail leading to Yunomine Onsen., “Well spend our first two nights in the nationally famous hot spring towns of Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen. We choose the comfortable ryokan inns we stay at because they offer participants an authentically Japanese experience, complete with local delicacies for dinner and fantastic in-house hot springs. Outside of the ryokan, the town of Kawayu Onsen has a free, public, mixed gender (swimsuits required) hot spring that is built into the banks of the river that flows through town. In Yunomine Onsen, youll be able to enjoy the World Heritage hot spring of Tsuboyu.”, “On our second day well hike from our lodging to Kumano Hongu Taisha, the grand shrine that all four Kumano pilgrimage routes lead to. After touring the grounds of the shrine and visiting its original location where the worlds largest torii gate, Otorii, now stands, well head to a lookout point of the shrine grounds and enjoy a bento lunch. In the afternoon well return to our lodging where you can enjoy a soak in the hot spring after a full day of hiking.”, “On Day 3 well take a riverboat along the World Heritage Kumanogawa river as we make our way down to the southern tip of the Kii peninsula. Along the way, our riverboat guide will share folktales and point out landmarks. Well get off the boat in the town of Shingu and head to Hayatama Taisha, the second of the Kumano Grand Shrines that well visit on this trip. After a tour of the shrine grounds well head to Gotobiki-iwa, a massive boulder that is now a Shinto object of worship but has been worshiped by ancient indigenous religions for more than two thousand years.”, “On our third and final night well stay at a ryokan in the coastal town of Kii-Katsuura. On the menu is local, freshly caught tuna sashimi.”, “On Day 4 of the Kumano World Heritage Tour well trek to Nachi Taisha, completing our pilgrimage to the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano. Beautiful Nachi Falls (pictured above) is the backdrop for this shrine located in the mountains of Kumano. Right next to the grand shrine is Seigantoji, a World Heritage Buddhist temple. The large, wooden temple was built over 300 years ago and no screws or nails were used in its construction. Finally, well head to the three-story Sanjudo pagoda and Nachi Falls before heading to the rail station. Well take the coastal Kuroshio Express train back to Kyoto Station by 8:20 pm (and if your next destination is Osaka, no worries, its on the way).n ”


172692 USD



Kyoto Station (Tourist information center, 2F)



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