For centuries pilgrims have followed the Kumano Kodo, sacred trekking routes through Mie, Nara, Wakayama, and Osaka prefectures that were established over a thousand years ago. The trail is a UNESCO World Heritage site, connecting three of the area’s most sacred shrines—the Kumano Sanzan—with other natural and spiritual sites throughout the region. Stroll along stone paths through tranquil forest mountain paths, and connect with Japan’s spiritual and cultural traditions. Various routes have been popularized throughout the years, such as the Kohechi Route from the sacred mountaintop temple Koyasan to Kumano Hongu Taisha, or the Nakahechi Route from Tanabe to the Kumano Sanzan. Choose the one that best suits your interests.
Duration 1day / 4.5hours
Highest Point 1,072m (Hatenashi-toge Pass)
Elevation Gain 990m
Horizontal Distance 8.5km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Kohechi Route (Hike of a Scared Mountain via the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route)
Access to the Kumano Kodo varies depending on the route. From JR Gojo Station, take a bus to Warabio, and walk to the trailhead. The trip takes about 3.5 hours. Or take a local bus from JR Kii-Tanabe Station to Hosshinmon-oji, a trip of about 2.5 hours.