Small Group Journeys

Kumano Kodo

Worshipped as a place of rebirth, for centuries Japanese pilgrims have aspired to walk the Kumano Kodo ~ a 1,200 year old network of trails that pass cedar forests, cascading waterfalls and picturesque villages in the Kii Mountain range.

Anchored by three Shinto shrines dedicated to nature, the Kumano Kodo is one of only two ancient pilgrimage routes recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites (the other is Spain’s Camino de Santiago).

For those seeking to experience Japan’s traditional way of life, the Kumano Kodo immerses you in this heritage - villagers tend orchards of heirloom ume plums, pound rice using wooden mallets to make mochi, and welcome the weary to soak tired muscles in their healing onsen hot springs.

Our journeyers sleep in small ryokan inns on tatami mats, where your lovingly created meals also showcase their delicious seasonal produce.

Walking this pilgrimage gives renewed meaning to the old adage that happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Peter Bliss
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2020 brochure coming soon. See 2019 brochure here.
To be repeated soon.
  • Experiencing the hidden treasures of Kyoto with a local
  • Two nights in a serene Buddhist temple
  • The breathtaking beauty & silence of the Kii mountain range
  • Delicious, nutritious food - contributing to the healing aspect of this journey
  • Soak in a soothing onsen - the natural hot mineral springs - to revitalise you at the end of your walking day. No weary muscles!
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Meet your guide

Past experiences

“I recognised every day on reflection that there were many experiences to be grateful for.”
"I found answers to my deep issues while walking the Kumano and these were very helpful."

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