This month’s postcard comes from the remote and beautiful Kumano Kodo.
Located deep in rural Wakayama Prefecture (a few hours south of Kyoto and Mount Koya), Kumano is home to Japan’s most important pilgrimage routes.
That’s us walking along one above!
While still relatively off the beaten path, the Kumano Kodo it is starting to attract more travelers – partly thanks to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, not to mention the “dual pilgrim” program with Spain’s better-known Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James).
You definitely don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy the nature, history and spirituality of this unique region. Walks range from leisurely day hikes in the forest, all the way up to challenging multi-day walks for the more adventurous.
Even non-walkers will find charming villages, fantastic onsen (hot springs), stunning shrines, and wonderful cuisine from the mountains and the sea.
So if you’re interested in including the Kumano Kodo in your own bespoke Japan trip, let us know!
Japan’s increasing popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and we’re a bit taken aback to find that many hotels and ryokans have already sold out for many dates in September, October and November.
If you are thinking of an autumn trip, you better get planning!
Until Next Time
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