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Find Your Spiritual Side on the Kumano Kodo Trail


Tread the same moss-covered steps as ancient pilgrims on the sacred paths of the Kii Peninsula


The UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo trail in Tanabe provides an exciting spiritual adventure.


The tree-lined paths and moss-covered steps have been walked by pilgrims for millennia. These mystical woods are now part of Yoshino-Kumano National Park. Visitors can experience the physical and spiritual healing powers of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” English-speaking guides retell stories of ancient legends and point out historic locations en route.



Choose from numerous trail options, from 1- to 3-hour courses suitable for beginners to full or multi-day treks for the veteran hiker.

First-timers shouldn’t miss Nachisan Seigantoji Temple, with its beautiful architecture amid the dramatic setting of Nachi Falls. When you’re done, head into town to dine on fresh seafood and other local delicacies.

Access: the Kii Peninsula is a 70-minute flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport or 2 hours by train from Osaka.



Contribution to Sustainability

The Kumano Kodo has helped keep some of the forests in their natural state, adding little more than a stone pathway. You can experience 1,100 years of history on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located in Wakayama Prefecture. Wakayama won the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 sustainability award.


National Parks of Japn Kumano Travel


14-6 Minato, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama-ken


approx. 60 min. or more




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