2 days trekking tour of Kumano Kodo with JMGA guide to enjoy ancient Japanese pilgrimage route in Kii mountain range.
Kii Mountain Range
Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov
Open to everyone
Do you want to enjoy trekking on one of a World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes?
This is a great opportunity for trekking of Kumano Kodo. Kumano Kodo is the ancient Japanese Shinto pilgrimage route. I am a JMGA guide and also Shugendo monk. I will take you to Kumano Nachi Taisha that is Shinto Shrine.
Please enjoy trekking in quiet forests that still have the sacred atmosphere of ancient Japan. This 2 days tour is for those who love to have an unforgettable experience and learn about Kumano culture and nature.
The route will be from Hongu to Nachi Taisha, getting through Kogumo-torigoe to Oogumo-torigoe. We will stay overnight at Guest House in Koguchi village or Shizen-no-ie (it means Nature House, inn uses old school building).
Are you ready for this trekking in Kumano? Send the request to book your place now and enjoy it with a small group of participants.
Also, I lead this 4-day trek in Oomine Okugakemichi. Check it out!
- Guiding fee
The guide will prepare First Aid Kit. Excluded from Price: Accommodation Fee
*JPY9,000 (1-night stay with 2 meals and Day-2's lunch bento)
We will meet at B&B Café Hongu at 9:30 a.m. And we will go to the trailhead and start our tour. After having lunch, we will come to Koguchi around 3:00 p.m. Then, we will stay at Guest house or Inn (Shizen-no-ie).
We will start today’s walk at 8:00 a.m. Around 12:00, we will take lunch. Then, we will arrive at Kumano Nachi Taisha, which is a Shinto shrine and part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan. Our tour will end at 4:00 p.m.
Guest House in Koguchi Village or Shizen-no-ie (Nature House) Inn
This tour is for Elementary school student over. Elementary and Junior high school students need to be with their guardians.
B&B Café Hongu
Other gear: Walking shoes, hat, towel, sunscreen, rain wear, personal medicine, change of clothes, lunch for day 1, toilet set.
I am a local guide in Kumano and also a certified JMGA mountain guide. Being in the mountains and in the nature has always been my passion - trekking in the hills and mountains of the Kansai region in my childhood, riding bikes around Australia for 3 years in my youth, and am very passionate about different activities related to the mountains such as kayaking, rafting, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, mountaineering and rock climbing. I’ve done numerous white water river kayaking and sea kayaking in New Zealand and in the US, and have done some first descents too.
I started my mountain career at a Japanese outdoors gear company, Montbell, then started my own outdoors gear brand called Finetrack in 2004. But I then wanted to become the actual connection between people and the nature, and also through my experiences abroad, I wanted to be able to communicate the wonders of Japanese nature to the world directly and thus became a mountain guide myself.
Japan is bombarded by the rigor of the nature. We have volcanoes, are right in the middle of the paths of numerous hurricanes, and rugged mountains forming at the edges of tectonic plates. These have been treated as sacred places in Japanese ancient beliefs and religions.
I am also a practitioner of Buddhism “Shugendo” (ancient mountain worship) and am a certified “Sendatsu” - trainer of Shugendo (aka mountain priest). I’d like to be able to tell you these stories so that you can better understand and ‘feel' the Japanese nature through history and culture.
It interesting to me that these mountains, rivers and the sea is not just a part of the nature but has always been the subject of faith.
Contact me if you’re interested in learning more about the mountain worship culture and to join me on a trek of Kumano with a lot of background stories!
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