Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour is an extensive, nine-day journey that traces a network of ancient trails on Japan’s enigmatic Kii Peninsula. The route dates back more than 1,000 years and was first used by Buddhists working to spread the religion to the country’s most secluded and isolated mountainous villages. During the tour, led by Walk Japan, trekkers will depart from the modern city of Osaka before trekking through religious shrines, hot springs, dense forests and towering waterfalls. Along the way, guests will have the chance to sleep in a mix of accommodations ranging from storied temples and comfortable shukubo (or pilgrim lodgings) to traditional Japanese inns and luxurious resort retreats. To sweeten the deal, relish the fact that the Kumano Kodo trek is one of just two UNESCO-registered pilgrimage routes—the only other being the iconic Camino de Santiago through Spain’s northern provinces.
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