The pilgrim walk shows you the best of Japan!

Jun 28, 2024

Ever considered a pilgrim walk in Japan? The Kumano Kodo pilgramage trails span 1,000km across the Kii Peninsula, encompassing pilgrimage routes that originated from Kyoto, Yoshino, Koyasan, and Ise.

The pilgrimage routes developed as a way for people to move between the sacred areas on the Kii Peninsula.

At the centre of this religious area are the three Kumano shrines: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha, collectively known as Kumano Sanzan.

Known as “the Land of the Dead” amidst mythical nature, Kumano symbolises rebirth through pilgrimage. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, its cultural landscape blends nature and human history.

Today, visitors seek spiritual resonance and mystical allure along the Kumano Kodo, particularly the picturesque Iseji route, tracing ancient prayers and embracing the divine within nature’s embrace.

What makes the Iseji route so special?

The Iseji route links two revered sanctuaries: Kumano Sanzan and Ise Jingu, central to Shintoism.

Spanning 170km from Ise Jingu Shrine, the route meanders amidst mountains and seas, accessible by foot or transport.

Preserved by devoted locals, the ancient stone-paved path captivates hikers and communities alike.

Our 7-day Iseji Kumano Kodo pack-free guided walk traverses fishing villages, terraced rice fields, and scenic landscapes, delving into Japan’s hidden countryside.

On our tour not only will you explore this pilgrim trail on foot you’ll in classic Japanese accommodation including Asakichi Ryokan Ise which has been operating since the mid-1700s!

A ryokan is a traditional guest house featuring local cuisine.

A couple of ‘Wow-mazing’ experiences include a traditional dane performance and the trip to the Laughter Festival – no, we’re not joking! This featival in Shirahama celebrates the healing powers of laughter!

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With all this and so much more, our Iseji Kumano Kodo pack-free guided walk is a trip you won’t forget.