Kumano Kodo Complete self-guided walking 9 days
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Start and end in Kyoto! With the hiking & trekking tour Kumano Kodo Complete self-guided walking 9 days, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Kyoto, Japan and 6 other destinations in Japan. Kumano Kodo Complete self-guided walking 9 days is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as meals, transport and more.
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- 18 to 75 year olds
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- Train & Rail, Local Transport
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- Rather Poor
- BSBenWritten on April 29, 20185.0 - ExcellentFeedback First: we had a marvellous 9 days. Thank you. BUT there were some problems. We would like to help you improve by giving some feedback and some suggestions. We want Oku Japan to succeed! Nakahechi Trail Directions Chikatsuyu. Contrary to the Oku Japan Directions, there is no foot-bath as we entered the town, nor a shop behind it that sold plum ice cream (unfortunately!). Walk from Chikatsuyu to Nonaka Sanso. We were directed to take the right turn 'immediately' after passing Hisohara-Oji, but the correct turn is actually about one kilometre further on. The text needs to say 'take the next right turn after Hisohara-Oji', so travellers do not fear they have missed the right turning. Contrary to our personal itinerary, our lodgings were NOT at Nonaka Sanso, but at Third Place The vegetarian meal we were cooked at the ‘Third Place’ outside Chitsakuyu was perhaps the best I have ever eaten. Kohechi Trail Directions These Directions were generally much less detailed, less accurate, and so far less helpful than the Directions for the Nakahechi trail. Also, the Kohechi Trail is itself far less well-signposted ‘on the ground’ than the Nakahechi trail – so better instructions are urgently required if your clients are not going to get badly lost. Also, you need to remember that people walking this trail may not all be young, Olympic-quality walkers, with superb levels of fitness. Some of them may be aged 60+ or even 70+ years old, wishing to walk in a reflective, meditative manner, honouring the kizos they pass, and marvelling at the beauties on the way. ‘Yagio to Totsukawa Onsen’ The bus that took us from Yunomine to Yagio called Yagio ‘Yakio.’ This is important for non-Japanese speakers, like us, as the sign on the bus is the only clue we have as to where the trail begins. The walking distance and times for Yakio to Totsukawa Onsen are badly wrong. The distance from Yakio to the suspension footbridge near Tosukawa Onsen is about 12.3 kms. So the total distance is more than 13 kms. The Walking Directions say 8.8 kms. Hence 4 hours for the whole walk is too brief -- so many will miss the 15.59 bus at Ichizako to Totsukawa, as we did. Walking into Totsukawa Onsen, if too late for the bus at Ichizako, is not described. There is no detail. For example: there are two road bridges, and a footbridge, over the river—so when the Directions refer to ‘the bridge’ it is impossible to know which one is being referred to (actually it is the brown, not the red, road bridge). The Kumano Kodo trail took us over a hanging footbridge over the river, with no instructions or directions afterwards. References in the Directions assumed we had come by bus from Ichizako. Eventually, after crossing the footbridge to join a transverse road with no signage, we explored and found a Kumano Kodo sign on the right, just around a corner which led to the left through a very narrow road tunnel, away from the town area where our lodgings were. We felt lost, but, fortunately, found a kind man in a van who took us down the valley and into the town to our inn. We do not know what we would have done without this very kind man. Maybe others could, but we couldn't get from bus drop off at Yakio at 9.17 to the Ichizako bus at 15.59. This was the second time we had difficulties getting to our lodgings after a hard day. Omata to Koyasan. It is important that the driver taking you from Nosegawa Onsen, to start ‘Part B’ of the walk, knows exactly where to go. Ours did not. There is more than one trail on the Ryujin Skyline that matches the very brief and inaccurate description in the Oku Japan Walking Directions – you say the walk ‘begins behind a road barrier’ – and our bus-driver took us to the wrong trail. So we spent 90 minutes going downhill, past a jizo, and then retracing our steps – in the wrong direction (Fortunately we were walking with a man who spoke both Japanese and English, who could argue with the hotel on the telephone. Otherwise we might still be lost!) ‘Part B’ is very poorly described. There are too few details. An example: Regarding the start of the track from the road on the Ryujin Skyline, the directions do not say which side of the road the path starts on (it is on the left). In fact, the accompanying picture has the path going off to the right – not the left! (The photo is taken as if we were coming from the wrong direction.) Also, the path initially goes up, not down. Etc. If there had been more details of this kind, then we would have immediately known we had been dropped off in the wrong place by the bus-driver. And we would not have got lost. Another example: Towards the end of the day’s walk, after going downhill past the Oku Japan souvenir stamp station, there is a fork in the road leading into Koyasan. This is not mentioned in the Directions. And there are no signposts on the path itself. So we took the wrong turning. The correct instruction is to take the right fork. Another example: In Koyasan The directions to our lodgings at Saizen-in were hopeless. Directions refer to a Red Pagoda. This is not visible from the main street until you have almost reached Saizen-in! We needed to be told to turn left on the main street, and then to continue for about a kilometre – past the intersection by Tourist Information and Fire Station (on the right) – and past the bus station on the left – and past the Shingon Headquarters’ Shrine and ancient bell-tower on the right – until you see the large Red Pagoda on the left. It is then that you find the pilgrims’ hostel on your right. (It was a very beautiful hostel.)Show detailed ratingsOku Japan commented on this reviewDear Ben, Thank you for your helpful feedback and for joining our tour. We are sorry if you were unable to locate the footbath in Chikatsuyu - this is beside the bathrooms as you enter the village and can sometimes have a lid on top, making it a little hard to find. The café here, Hashiorijaya does wonderful plum ice cream, but doesn't keep such wonderful hours (the old lady who runs the shop works just part-time, making access a little patchy). Although this is the first instance of issues navigating the Kohechi trail, we do take feedback very seriously and our Product Manager will investigate your helpful comments regarding the walk to Totsukawa. We believe that the additional distance covered may have been beyond Map Point 6 in our directions, since the journey from Yagio to this point and then onwards to Ichizako Bus Stop to this point should cover only the advertised 8.8km within 4-5 hours. We walk the trails regularly and will be sure to check on these times. In addition, we will look into the directions to Saizen-in and your wider points on the directions; we hope you enjoyed the stay at this lovely Shukubo and indeed your wider trip with us. Thank you again for joining our tour and taking the time to write to us. Kind regards, Oku Japan
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- Day 1: Hike from Takijiri to Takahara
- Day 2: Hike from Takahara to Chikatsuyu
- Day 3: Hike from Chikatsuyu to Hongu
- Day 4: Hike from Yunomine on the Akagigoe and Dainichigoe
- Day 5: Hike from Hongu to Totsukawa Onsen
- Day 6: Hike from Totsukawa Onsen to Miuraguchi Village
- Day 7: Hike from Miuraguchi Village to Nosegawa Onsen
- Day 8: Hike from Nosegawa Onsen to Mount Koya
- Day 9: Hike the Choishi-michi and head onwards to Osaka or Kyoto
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
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Covering a total distance of approx 303 km.
- Kyoto (Japan)
- 140 km
- Takijiri (Japan)
- 3 km
- Takahara (Japan)
- 8 km
- Chikatsuyu (Japan)
- 16 km
- Kumano Hongu Taisha (Japan)
- 19 km
- Totsukawa (Japan)
- 28 km
- Koya-san (Japan)
- 91 km
- Kyoto (Japan)
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