Meet at Kumano Hongu Taisha bus stop. Use Hotel shuttle to Hossinmon-oji (free of charge) or get the local bus at 9:20/10:10 to Hosshinmon-oji (460yen/15min).
Pleasant walk form Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Grand Shrinne( 7.5km / 4.7ml, 4hrs).
Enjoy local nature and flowers.
Learn Kumano Pilgrimage history as well as experience local lifestyle in rural area.
Kumano Hongu Taisha-mae bus stop
Get stamps at each Oji shrines and Kumano Hongu Grand shrine for Dual Pilgrim or just for fun!
Assist to get Dual Pilgrim certificate at Kumano Hongu Heritage Centre close by Kumano Hongu Taisha.
Communicate with local lady at tea house. Experience popular coffee,water coming from Yunomine-hotspring and homemade Aka shiso or perilla mint juice. (200yen each). Open on weekends except winter.
Visit the amazing view point and learn about the ancient pilgrimage history as well as local life style in countryside.
Kumano Hongu Taisha-mae bus stop
I am experienced Kumano Pilgrimage trail guide and lived in the area. We may encounter local people and communicate with them.
We will walk the last section of Nakahechi Pilgrimage route and the most highlight walk.
If the condition allows, experience meditation at the forest bath area.
Yoko can help you to get ★"Dual Pilgrim Certificate" in Hongu.
★Dual Pilgrim Certificate： Completed both pilgrimage trails for the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
Assist to get Dual Pilgrim Certificate
Transportation fee from Hongu Taisha-mae → Hosshinmon-oji (470 JPY pp)
You may have free shuttle service from your accommodation.
Lunch: Hand made lunch box (Fish/Beef 1100JPY) Please see the Lunch box photos.
Proper clothing and foot wear for mountain hike is essential.
I had the Hongu loop tour with Yoko. Yoko is a very considerate and knowledgeable guide who’s very familiar with the Kumano Kodo. She always provides a quick overview of the route for the next 1 hour to prepare me first, letting me know the elevation level and difficulty of the route, which helped me to be mentally ready. She also helped me to get lunch bento from a famous local hotel, and the Kumano beef lunch box was really delicious! We also chatted a lot and collected the stamps along the way. I learnt a lot more about the history and culture behind Kumano Kodo, and this is exactly what I wanted: a trip with learnings. I will not be possible to complete this trip without Yoko’s help. I’ll definitely recommend Yoko to whoever wish to learn a bit more about this cultural heritage on top of the trekking journey, and I believe you will love the experience Yoko provides.
Hello, Malvis! Thank you very much for leaving me such a great review! I was so happy to share the time in one of the most beautiful pilgrimage routes with you. I also enjoyed chatting with you and learnt a lot about your culture! It was impressing to hear your beautiful Japanese! がんばってくださいね！ I hope next time you can complete the Dual Pilgrimage stamps on Kumano Kodo side and get more Goshuin seals. There are lot more to say about the history about Kumano Kodo!! The accommodation who provided us beef bento box, they use fresh local vegetables and home grown rice in fish or beef bento. It always makes hikers to enjoy eating on the trail. I'm happy to hear you loved it! If you can bring your parents or your friends next time, I would love to give you lots of tips about making the most of your stay here!