Private tour

Kumano/Tanabe: Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail Private Tour

Activity provider: JGA Inc.

Kumano/Tanabe: Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail Private Tour

Activity provider: JGA Inc.

From US$ 150.17 per person

Explore the best of Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails with a local private guide on a 4 or 6-hour tour. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of customizing your own itinerary.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
Your guide will be waiting in the lobby or front door of your accommodation or the main train station exit 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Discover the best of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route on a private walking tour
  • Enjoy a personal and professional experience with a licensed local guide
  • Admire stunning shrines and learn about Japan’s unique history and culture
  • Customize your route or let your guide take care of the itinerary planning
  • See all of the most important highlights of the Kumano Kodo Trail
Full description
Discover Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails on a private tour alongside a licensed local guide. Choose from a 6 or 4-hour tour option and receive a meet-and-greet service at your accommodation or from the main train station in Kumano or Tanabe. Let your guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. You can also pre-plan your itinerary in advance. Benefit from a guide that holds a Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter Certification issued by the Japanese government, which certifies that your guide holds good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history. Explore an ancient network of pilgrim trails dating back more than 1,000 years connecting historic shrines and temples running through the mountains of the Kii Peninsula. The most popular route, Nakahechi, along which past emperors traveled, crosses the width of the Peninsula from Tanabe town on the west coast to Shingu and Nachi-Katsuura towns on the east. Hikers of all levels can enjoy quiet mountain hamlets and onsens. Popular 6-hour itinerary - Hossinmon-Oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha: Experience a route that is a good mixture of ridge-top settlements and forest trails. Walk through Kumano Kodo to Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine and learn about its history and cultural importance. After lunch, visit the Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine, one of the three grand shrines, standing on a small ridgeline in the north of the Hongu village. Admire the 800-year-old austere pavilions that are made of wood with impressive cypress bark roofs which architecture style.
  • Private 4 or 6-hour tour
  • Licensed guide
  • Pickup from your accommodation in Kumano or Tanabe on foot
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Public or private transportation fees during the tour

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Important information

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  • This experience will take place rain or shine
  • This tour can be personalized to meet your requests and preferences
  • You will be contacted prior to the tour date to confirm the logistics of your booking

Product ID: 397781