Visits to the Japanese Countryside
affordable, non-traditional travel in traditional Japan
April 9-20, 2014: Hike Japan’s
Ancient Pilgrimage Routes - Kumano Kodo, a World Heritage Site.
Six days of hiking 8-10 miles per day from village to village on steep, remote, mountainous, thousand-year-old pilgrimage routes in the Kumano Kodo World Heritage Site in Wakayama Prefecture, on Japan’s Kii Peninsula. Stay each night in small, family-run Japanese inns and dine on delicious home-cooked local cuisine, soak in outdoor natural hot springs and on April 15 participate in a colorful Shinto spring festival, Kumano Hongu Taisha Matsuri.
Tour cost is $3200 for a group of 7 or 8, $3400 for a group of 4 to 6, plus RT airfare from PDX (around $1200), and includes double occupancy accommodations, land transportation, entrance and guide fees and breakfast and dinner while staying in Japanese inns - everything but lunch. A DVD of this hiking experience is available for the asking. We began offering this hiking adventure since April of 2004.