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Overnight trip to Kumano and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

Nature & Outdoor

Hiroyuki T.

5.00(4) reviews
Osaka
English
2 days
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 10 people

In this tour, we will walk on two of the most popular courses of Kumano Kodo and visit the Three Grand Shrines in Kumano. On the 1st day, we will walk Kumano Kodo for 4km to Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine and on the 2nd day, after visiting Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine in the morning, we will walk Kumano Kodo Daimonzaka for 2.4km to Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine and Nachi Waterfalls.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel or JR Tennoji Station (7:30) or JR Wakayama Station(8:30)

Hotel pick up

DAY 1

7:54 JR Tennoji Station or 8:50 JR Wakayama Station - 9:58 JT Kii Tanabe Station

10:15 Kii Tanabe Station - 12:15 Fushiogami

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage (Fushiogami Oji – Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine) for 4km

Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine,former Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine Site Oyunohara

16:10 Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine - 17:11 JR Shingu Station Hotels available at reasonable price in Shingu

DAY 2

Morning Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine

9:25 JR Shingu Station - 9:42 JR Nachi Station

Fudaraku-sanji Temple

10:33 JR Nachi Station - 10:44 Daimonzaka

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage; Daimonzaka – Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine

Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine, Seigan-toji Temple, Nachi Waterfall

14:50 Nachi Water Fall - 15:15 JR Kii Katsuura Station

15:24 JR Kii Katsuura Station - 18:18 JR Wakayama Station 19:02 JR Tennoji Station

Ending Point

At your hotel or JR Tennoji Station or JR Wakayama Station or other places(ask for details)

What to Expect

I will meet you at your hotel in Osaka or Wakayama early in the morning, then we will go to Kumano by train and bus.

We will visit the Three Shrines in Kumano and walk on two of the most popular courses of Kumano Kodo.

On the 1st day, we will walk on Kumano Kodo to Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine from Fushi Ogami Oji for 4km to visit and make wishes at Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine and its former site Oyunohara.

We will stay in Shingu where hotels are available for reasonable price. Or if you wish, you have a choice to stay at a hot spring resort in Katsuura Hot Spring Resort.

On the 2nd day, after visiting Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine in the morning, we will walk on the Kumano Kodo Daimonzaka for an hour for 2.5km. The Daimon-zaka is a short (600m long and 267 steps) but scenic cobblestone staircase that runs from the valley bottom, to the Nachisan Shrine-Temple complex. 

And we will walk on another 467 steps approach to Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine and Nachisan Seigantoji Temple. Then, we will visit Nachi Waterfalls.

Kumano is located in Wakayama Prefecture, I used to work for Wakayama Prefectural Government as a director of Cultural Heritage Management Division, and I was in charge of the Kumano World Heritage Project.

I have a lot of knowledge about Kumano. I know why and how Kumano had become so sacred and why Kumano and pilgrimage to Kumano have been so popular. You can learn a lot about Kumano on the spot.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up in Down Town Osaka

What‘s not included

Insurance

Transportation approx Osaka JPY 14,000 Wakayama JPY11,000 per person for round trip plus the same amount for guide

Accomodation for guests and guide (hotels are available at reasonable price in Shingu)

Food and beverages

Important Information

Tours are NOT covered by insurance. Make sure to be covered by your own insurance.

Transportation fare, lunch, diner and accomdation are NOT included in the guide fee.

Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.

Transportation fare approx Osaka JPY14,000 Wakayama JPY11000 plus same amount for guide

Accomodation for guests and guide is NOT included. Hotel in Shingu from JPY6000

As cloaks are NOT available at some of the places, JUST BRING A SMALL BAG YOU CAN CARRY ON THE BACK. Leave your bags in your hotel in Osaka.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Joanne P.

Mar 2, 2020

Cultural enlightenment

Our group of 3 had a fascinating day with Hiroyuki walking the shrines,temples and waterfall of Nachi. The relationship of Buddhism and Shintoism became much clearer to us. He was an expert in explaining the history and significance of the Kudo Kumano Pilgrimage. Additionally he picked a great restaurant for lunch and was very helpful in getting us settled at our hotel. I highly recommend him

Hiroyuki T.

First of all, thank you very much for coming to Japan in this kind of situation. I sincerely hope that you had enjoyed not only Kumano but also other places in Japan. It was my pleasure to explain about Shintoism and Buddhism Unite Theory in Kumano. Even in Japan, many of us do not know whether we are Shintoists or Buddhists. And thank you very much for writing such a kind review in the middle of your tour. I appreciate it very much. Say hello to Chris-san and Thomas-san. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Hiroyuki

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Daniel nicholas D.

Jan 22, 2020

An Enriching Experience

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Koya-san with Hiroyuki-san. He is a fine and learned gentleman. He was happy to share his wisdom on esoteric Buddhism, it's concept of 'universe,' and the history of Koya-san, which added context and enhanced the experience. He was also happy to listen about the culture and practices of my country, making the experience mutually enriching. Koya-san is a mystical place. Hiroyuki-san made me appreciate its sacredness the moment we entered Daimon Gate, which is the starting point. Walking alongside Hiroyuki-san through its quiet streets, amidst light snowfall, visiting its snow-capped shrines and temples, and having warm tea and conversation with him, are memories I will treasure. As we left Koya-san and reentered the world below, I felt that I became a slightly better human being. Thank you, Hiroyuki-san, for this experience.

Hiroyuki T.

Daniel-san, Thank you very much for everything during the tour. I am very glad that you liked Koyasan very much. I myself enjoyed the tour and conversations with you. I learned a lot about Philippines and Philippine culture from you. As I am interested in culture and food, I googled cultural heritages and food in Philippine after going home. I found that they are very attractive. Especially, historic city of Vigan and sweets such as buko pie, ensaimada and halo halo attract me a lot. Thank you very much for such a great review. Your review encourages me a lot. Please keep in touch, I look forward to seeing you again. Arigato, Matane!

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Taylor U.

Jan 14, 2020

1 Day Koyasan - Private Tour

Hiroyuki was the absolute best, we are so grateful and happy that we booked him as our tour guide during our stay in Koyasan. Having just one day, we wanted to make sure that we saw the most important sites. He gave us such a thorough and full-circle tour of Koyasan. Before spending the day with Hiroyuki, I did not know much about Buddhism. And if I hadn’t had my tour with Hiroyuki, I would just be wandering around the beautiful sites that Koyasan has to offer, all without the beautiful meaning behind it all. He gave context and history to everything we were seeing.. Hiroyuki’s English is amazing, to say the least.. he is also so knowledgeable with Buddhism and the history of Koyasan, even down to the dates! He was very timely and made sure that we spent the right amount of time at all of the sites so that we could see the most, but at a relaxed pace. After the tour ended, he left us with an amazing packet of information that we have brought back to New York to remember this beautiful day in Koyasan. It was such a special experience to gain a friend in Hiroyuki, we will definitely be calling him for a tour in Koyasan or any of the areas where he has expertise. He was even so kind to send us amazing photos of us exploring. We absolutely cannot thank him enough...

Hiroyuki T.

Taylor san, How are you two doing? Thank you very much for posting such a great review and everything during the tour. I also enjoyed a lot in Koyasan. Arigatou gozaimashita. By the way, I have a friend who works at Kumamoto government. If you are interested in finding your relatives in Kumamoto,let me know. There might be something I can do for you for free. Thank you very much once again, I look forward to seeing you again. Matane! Hiroyuki

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Claudio W.

Dec 21, 2019

Knowledgeable, conscientious, very nice gentleman!

He crafted an itinerary specific to our desires, kept us on time, was very knowledgeable due to his foreign relations background, simply an elegant, educated, and kind man. I would very highly recommend him, and I’m planning on engaging his services again when we go on a longer trip to Osaka and Kyoto.

Hiroyuki T.

Claudio san, I was very lucky to have met such a nice couple like you as the first customer on TripleLights. And thank you very much for posting the great review and for everything during the tour. I showed you just a very small part of Osaka. There are a lot more to see in Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan and Kumano. How about macha parfait in Kyoto next time? Please say hello to your family for me. Thank you very much once again. Looking forward to seeing you two again.

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