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Join me for this classic program in Japan. The Kumano Kodo trek consists of ancient pilgrimage trails, considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. For this program, I have designed a 3-day tour. From the coast, to the country, and high mountains, you are in for a beautiful scenic treat!
During the first two days of this tour, we will focus on river trekking off the trail. We will also spend the night in the wilderness, with tents and bonfires. This is always a beautiful way to connect with nature!
On Day 3, we will go one of the World Heritage Sacred Sites and ancient Japanese pilgrimage route, Kumano Kodo. Most of these sites were established during 10th and 11th centuries. In 2004, they were protected by UNESCO.
Towards the end of our tour, we will encounter the beautiful and traditional shrines Nachi Taisha and Shinto Shrine, and the iconic Nachi waterfall.
For this program, I will take groups of 2 hikers. The price includes 6 meals: dinner on Day 1; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 2; and breakfast and lunch on Day 3.
Join me soon for this traditional Japanese hike! A really unique experience.
Ready for this 3-day Kumano Kodo and river trek in Japan? Request your booking! Interested in other hikes in Japan? Check out this 3-day hiking trip to Shirouma-dake, or this 1-day hike in Otari Onsen and Mt. Amakazari.
Price per person
- Half-board meals during trip
- Mountain guide's expenses
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Tents prepared by the guide
About the Guide
I am a NPOMG (Nagano Prefecture’s Official Mountain Guide) guide specialising in guiding treks and hikes on mountains in the North Japan Alps like Mt Shirouma. I live in the village of Otari, next to Hakuba, and from here I can access the mountains in the North Japan Alps very easily!
I started to climb when I was a university student. Immersing myself in the nature has always been my favorite way of spending time in the mountains, and particularly enjoyed multi-day long ridge traverses. I’ve been working as a hiking guide since 2014 but before that, I’ve worked with an International organization, Outward Bound based in Japan, which focuses on developing youths through outdoor experiences. I’ve also spent 2 years volunteering in Tanzania, teaching physical education at a local school there.
In my early high school years, I had a pivotal moment in my life during my first wild outdoor experience when my uncle took me on a 4 day sailing trip. That experience changed how I measure value in life - became more confident - and I became interested in contributing to other people’s development. Through both mountain guiding and developmental education, I want people to have life changing moments and experiences, just as I had!
In my free time in the summer, I like to go for a 5-6 day sawanobori trips up beautiful rivers like Kurobe (one of the top 100 beautiful canyons in Japan). We’d spend the time enjoying Sawanobori, do some fishing in the river and have dinner by the fire without anyone else around you. I also travel to popular places like Kumanokodo and Yakushima in search for beautiful Sawanobori canyons.
I feel that the best experiences in the mountains comes if you stay overnight on the mountain, whether it be at a hut or in a tent.
Please join me to see and feel the beauty of the Japanese mountains and the countryside, and have life changing experiences!
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