Japan's Spiritual Heartland

Nachi Waterfall,  © Kumano Travel
Nachi Waterfall, © Kumano Travel
  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    Prices from £3,745 per person sharing.

  • What´s Included
    • Return international flights
    • 10 nights' hotel accommodation
    • 3 nights' Japanese style accommodation
    • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, & 4 dinners 
    • Private guided tours in Tokyo & Kyoto
    • 3 days Kumano Kodo Walking
    • Japan rail pass
    • IC Transport Card
    • IC Tokyo Skytree tickets
    • Comprehensive guiding notes
  • Departure Information

    Daily departures year round.

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

This 2 week tour takes you on a walk through Japan's spiritual heartland, including 3 days walking on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and a night on the revered Mt Koya. The tour starts with 3 nights staying in the heart of the Asakausa district in Tokyo, the old downtown area and home to the famous Senso-ji Temple. After time exploring one of the world's great cities with a private guide, take the famous bullet train down to Osaka with its vibrant food scene and then on to stay in a monastery guesthouse on Mt Koya, one of the most spiritual destinations in Japan. From here, head deep into the Wakayama Prefecture for 3 days walking on the Kumado Kodo pilgrimage trails. Set in the verdant Kii Mountains, the trails are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have been walked by pilgrims for hundreds of years. Continue to Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto where you will be joined by a private guide for a day sightseeing before spending the final night back in Tokyo, in the lively Shinjuku district. This tour is particularly good during spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November).

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • London Heathrow - Tokyo: with British Airways.
  • 2
  • Tokyo: shuttle bus transfer to your hotel in Tokyo for 3 nights.
  • 3
  • Tokyo: full day private guided tour of Tokyo including Skytree tickets.
  • 4
  • Tokyo: day at leisure to explore at your own pace or take a trip out of Tokyo.
  • 5
  • Tokyo - Osaka: train from Tokyo to Osaka. Osaka sightseeing.
  • 6
  • Osaka - Mt Koya: train to Mt Koya. Afternoon exploring.
  • 7
  • Mt Koya - Osaka: sightseeing and then train back to Osaka.
  • 8
  • Osaka - Kawayu Onsen: train to Kii-Tanabe. Kumano Kodo Orientation. Bus to Kawayu Onsen.
  • 9
  • Kawayu Onsen - Yunomine Onsen: hiking on the Kumano Kodo trails.
  • 10
  • Yunomine Onsen – Kii-Katsuura: boat cruise on the Kumano River & hiking on the Kumano Kodo trails.
  • 11
  • Kii-Katsuura - Kyoto: train to Kyoto. Afternoon exploring.
  • 12
  • Kyoto: full day private guided tour of Kyoto.
  • 13
  • Kyoto: day at leisure to explore at your own pace or take a trip out of Kyoto.
  • 14
  • Kyoto - Tokyo: train from Kyoto to Tokyo.
  • 15
  • Tokyo - London Heathrow: with British Airways.
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