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For over 1000 years, people from all walks of life, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have embarked on the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano. The Nakahechi Imperial Trail leads you east into the mountains towards Kumano Sanzan. This route, known as 'the Imperial Route,' was used by emperors and nobles from the 10th century onwards. It is considered the most popular and accessible path of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. While the Nakahechi Trail doesn't require peak fitness, it does demand strength and endurance, as trekkers must cover at least 6-8 hours of hiking each day.

6D5N Pilgrimage Trek in Kumano

4 days of trekking through UNESCO Heritage’s “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.

Onsen stays with traditional Japanese meals.

Fully escorted by local mountain guide.


Day 1

Time : 3:30 pm


Arrival in Osaka Kansai International Airport
Transfer by train to Kii-Tanabe City (approx. 3hrs)
Check in Hotel.
Free and easy
Arrange city luggage transfer to Kii-Katsuura (end point)
Dinner -Self arranged

Day 2

Nakahechi Trek

Transfer by local bus to Nakahechi trailhead at Takijiri-oji
Start trek (14km; approx. 7hrs)
Arrive Chikatsuyu village and check in to Minshuku
Meals: B,L (Bento),D

Day 3

Nakahechi Trek

Local Bus from Chikatsuyu to trailhead.
Start trek (18km; approx. 8hrs)
Arrive Kumano Hongu Taisha
Depart by local bus to Onsen Hotel (Yunomine/Kawayu) - Onsen Hotel (depending on availability)
Meals: B,L (Bento),D

Day 4

Nakahechi Trek

Local Bus to trailhead at Ukegawa
Start trek (13km; approx. 6hrs)
Arrive Koguchi village and check in Minshuku/Hostel
Meals: B,L (Bento),D

Day 5

Time : 11:30 am

Nakahechi Trek

Start trek (14km; approx. 7hrs)
Arrive Kumano Nachi Taisha
Explore Nachi Falls
Local Bus to Kii-Katsuura city
Free and easy
Check in Minshuku/Hotel
Meals: B,L (Bento)
Dinner - Self arranged

Day 6


Check out
Self transfer out of Kii-Katsuura (approx. 4hr by train to KIX)
Optional tour: Kayaking down Kumano River (approx. 6hrs)

  • Train ticket from KIX to Kii-Tanabe
  • All bus transfers on hiking days
  • Most meals where indicated except dinners on 1st and last day of programme
  • Local mountain guide fees for hiking
  • *Group transfer luggage fees for days 2,3,4 of hike (City bag transfer on Day 1 is at own cost)
  • Singapore tour manager for duration of programme
  • Pre-hike training and briefing (to be arranged)
  • Airfare + taxes
  • Transfers out on last day
  • Transfer not mentioned
  • Personal gears and expenses
  • All entrance fees
  • Tipping and gratitudes
  • Travel Insurance
  • All others not mentioned