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Kumano Kodo is a network of spectacular hiking routes that traverse the Wakayama mountains in the Kii peninsula in South Kyoto. Kumano means the dwelling place of deities while kodō is Japanese for old trail. The six sacred trails have been used by pilgrims for over a thousand years, and take you deep into the heart of the mountains via stone steps and ancient paved pathways. Treks vary in terms of levels of difficulty, so you can pick the one best suited to your fitness level. While there is no set route, the most favored one is the Nakahechi, which meanders through picture-perfect forests, pretty waterfalls and towering cedar trees. The fresh mountain air will leave you rejuvenated and the divine shrines en route will fortify your soul. It promises to be one of the most physically and spiritually rewarding journeys you will have ever undertaken.

Themes

  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Go hiking
  • Different trails to suit varying fitness abilities
  • Shrines and scenic beauty

Places to Stay

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Minshuku Yamane Ryokan

Style: Guest house

Minshuku Yamane is a simple guesthouse offering shared facilities within the town. Situated steps from the famous Yunokuma onsen, this guesthouse has comfortable rooms with functional décor and conveniences such as TVs.

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Ryokan Adumaya

Style: Guest house

Ryokan Adumaya is a simple guesthouse conveniently located within the town. Expect a comfortable stay in Japanese-style rooms with individually-themed décor and basic amenities such as an ensuite toilet.

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