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Osaka | 4.0h
Walk the Kumano Kodo in Osaka. A Journey Through Two Historic Towns

A very satisfying four-hour plan to experience the 1,000 year old Kumano Kodo!

The Kumano Kodo is a pilgrimage route that has been visited by numerous people, including members of the royal family, since ancient times. Because of its historical value, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

Kumano is said to be the place of resurrection, and people went there to seek salvation. Even today, people continue to make the journey to Kumano, attracted by the natural beauty of the area and the deep historical shrines and temples along the way.
There are spots related to the Kumano Kodo that are relatively easy to access from Osaka City and Kansai Airport.

You will visit the Senshu area in southern Osaka and walk part of the Kumano Kodo, which flourished as Japan's largest sacred site.
Moreover, the area has a history of prospering as an inn town in the Edo period, and you can learn about the history of the road in the Heian and Edo periods in a single tour.

First, visit Nobutatsu-juku, where you can experience the history of the Kumano Kodo and enjoy the nostalgic scenery of the road with its straight paths and rows of old houses. 
You will also visit Rinsho-Ji Temple, where you can enjoy the Buddhist experience of touring the 88 temples of Shikoku. 
You can also experience the local lifestyle that has been built up over a long period of history, as it preserves the Edo period's road culture, including the Shikoku Shogyo.

This tour is recommended for those who want to enjoy the Kumano Kodo in a short and easy time.


・You can visit the Kumano, Shindachishuku, and enjoy walking while savoring the atmosphere of a road with more than 1,000 years of history.
・You can enjoy the beautiful garden landscape created by one of Japan's leading landscape architects.
・At Yamanaka Keiside Terrace, a renovated 300-year-old house, you can relax with a cup of coffee or a shake, the owner's specialty.
・You can visit historic old houses and historic temples on the Kumano Highway and Yamanakajuku to get a taste of the region's traditional lifestyle and culture.
・You will stop at Umame Oji, one of the many target points on the Kumano Kodo.


Kumano Highway, Shindachisyuku
This is a former inn town with traditional old houses. Start your Kumano Kodo walking tour here, where you will find a wealth of local history, from historic sites along the Kumano Kodo route dating back more than 1,000 years to facilities where feudal lords stayed.
Rinsho-Ji Temple
This is a temple with a clean, elegant appearance, located a short distance from the road. The highlight is the garden designed by Mirei Shigemori, one of Japan's leading gardeners, who is also known for the Honbo garden at Tofuku-Ji Temple in Kyoto. Visitors can also climb the mountain at the back of the temple grounds to enjoy a Buddhist pilgrimage experience with a sense of seclusion.
Yamanaka Gorge Side Terrace
This shop complex is a renovated 300-year-old house. Take a break in the café where you can enjoy delicious coffee and shakes. Also noteworthy is the shop's design, which combines modern aesthetic sensibilities while utilizing the appearance of the old architecture.
Yamanaka-juku, Kumano Highway
Yamanaka-juku is another inn town visited on this tour. In contrast to the Nobutatsujuku in the town visited earlier, it is a small village almost surrounded by mountains. Take a stroll through the winding alleyways and get a feel for the old-fashioned lifestyle left behind in rural Japan.
Yamanaka Shrine (Umame Oji Shrine)
This shrine is closely associated with the Kumano Kodo. In the small precincts of the shrine, 'Oji', the alter ego of the god of the Kumano Kodo, is enshrined at this location. The atmosphere is quiet and solemn, perhaps because it used to be a place where ceremonies were held. It is now a target point for walkers on the Kumano Kodo and the finishing point of this tour.


・In case of bad weather on the day of the tour, transportation, places to visit, and tour routes may be changed.
・The tour end location is different from the meeting point. If you wish to change the end location, please consult with your tour guide.
・Please understand that tour spots might be changed to alternative spots in case of temporary closure.
・We will be walking a lot, so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
・If you have any food allergies, please let your guide know in advance.

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Tour price INCLUDES:
Guide fee, Insurance
Tour price EXCLUDES:
Transportation, Entrance fee, Meals, Souvenirs, Other experience fees.
 (Approximate minimum cash requirement: 200 yen / person)

Meeting Point

JR Izumisunagawa Station in front of the west exit ticket gates

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