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US$ 25 Hourly rate Price up to 8 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kumano , Wakayama

Languages English ( Business ), Bengali (Bangla) ( Conversational )

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Hourly rate 25 USD Price up to 8 people
( Max : 18 People )
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Hi&Konnichiwa! I am "YOKO" live in Katsuura Wakayama near Nachi, a spiritual
place where a big waterfall is worshiped. I am a certified local tour guide for the
Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails.
Walking in Kumano, listening to the sounds of birds singing and leaves
whispering, you will have a chance to revitalize yourself and get some
inspiration to take back home. My family grows organic rice, tea and vegetables.
I have had the good fortune to travel widely and experience a range of countries
and cultures, including a trip to France, learning English in Florida, a working
holiday in Australia, volunteer work in Bangladesh, and backpacking in India,etc.
I love meeting and talking with people from all over the world.
I like Yoga, hiking, traveling and snorkeling.

I look forward to sharing the beauty of the Kumano pilgrimage trails with you,
while also learning about your adventures!

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$29.44 US$24.53 US$19.62
4 Hours US$117.77 US$98.12 US$78.50
8 Hours US$235.54 US$196.23 US$157.00

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 18 maximum

Private Tours

②:Experience Dainichi-goe trail with YOKO! (~2hrs. 3.4km/ 2m...

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It's 2hrs walk, relatively steep trail over Mt.Dainichi. Please choose Plan A or B. A: Meet at Kumano Hongu Taisha-mae, take bus(830/1240) to Yunom...
3 Hours US$ 145 up to 8 people

③: Experience ①+② pilgrimage trail with YOKO! (~6hrs,10.9km/...

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If you feel like walking much longer than plan①, let's try plan② too! Get a local bus from Kumano Hongu Taisha-mae @9:20/10:10 to Hosshinmon-oji (460yen/1...
6 Hours US$ 222 up to 8 people

①:Experience Pilgrimage trail with YOKO! Hosshinmon-oji to ...

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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/15mi...
4 Hours US$ 193 up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 1 )
Malvis Malvis Singapore
11 months ago

“ Fantastic trip along the Hongu loop ”

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 to... read more


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... read more