March 14-21, 2020

Join Women on Adventures on a pilgrimage of a lifetime.  We’ll spend four full days trekking the Kumano Trails that stretch across the mountainous Kii Peninsula.  Along the way, we’ll bathe in natural hot springs, see the world’s largest torii – a gate that marks the entrance of the shrine, experience the Kumano Grand Shrines, marvel at the tallest waterfall in Japan, and whatever else the trail throws at us!  For over 1000 years people from all levels of society have walked the Kumano Kodo routes, are you next?

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WoA Member Price (until December 15)

$3,495 p.p.

 

WoA Non-Member Price (until December 15)

$3,795 p.p.

 

WoA members, use your member only promo code at checkout to get your discounted price.

Not a member yet?  Join here!

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DAY 1 (MARCH 14): ARRIVE IN OSAKA

Arrive in Osaka on your own. In the evening, meet up with your fellow travelers to get to know each other as you start your adventure!

Hotel: Bellevue Garden Hotel or similar

DAY 2 (MARCH 15): OSAKA – KII TANABE – CHIKATSUYU

In the morning, we’ll depart for the Kii Tanabe Station where we’ll meet our hiking guide. Then, we’ll head to Takijiri Oji by local bus and upon arrival, we’ll start our hike to Chikatsuyu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Hotel: Minshuku Chikatsuyu or similar with traditional (4 person) Japanese style rooms with guests sleeping on futons

DAY 3 (MARCH 16): CHIKATSUYU – KIBIRATOGE – HOSSHINMON OJI – HONGU – YUNOMINE ONSEN

Today, we’ll enjoy a full day of hiking along the Kumano Trail (approx. 17km). Along the way, we’ll walk to Kobiratoge and then we’ll transfer to Hosshinmon Oji by local bus. Then, we’ll continue hiking to Hongu. After, we’ll continue to Yunomine Onsen by local bus where we’ll be able to bathe in a real hot spring. The water isn’t filtered or heated, so we’ll bathe in the bubbles that come straight from the center of the earth!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Hotel: Iseya Ryokan or similar with traditional Japanese style rooms with guests sleeping on futons and shared bathrooms

DAY 4 (MARCH 17): YUNOMINE ONSEN – HONGU SHRINE – YUNOMINE ONSEN

In the morning, we’ll set off for another full day of hiking along the Kumano Trail (approx. 17km). We’ll hike to the Kumano Hongu Shrine which is the first of the famous Three Kumano Grand Shrines. We’ll also see the world’s largest torii, a gate that marks the entrance of the shrine. Then, we’ll have lunch and head back to the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Hotel: Iseya Ryokan or similar with traditional Japanese style rooms with guests sleeping on futons and shared bathrooms

DAY 5 (MARCH 18): YUNOMINE ONSEN – KOGUCHI – KAWAYU ONSEN

Today we’ll hike to Koguchi via Ukegawa along the Kumano Trail (approx. 14.5km).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Hotel: Minshuku Omuraya or similar with traditional Japanese style rooms with guests sleeping on futons and shared bathrooms

DAY 6 (MARCH 19): KAWAYU ONSEN – NACHI TAISHA – KII KATSUURA

During our last day of hiking along the Kumano Trail (approx. 13km) we’ll see Nachi Falls, the tallest waterfall in Japan which has an impressive drop of 133 meters. Later, we’ll hike up Daimonzaka (the Great Gate Slope). This area is lined with centuries-old cedar trees and sometimes you can even spot ladies wearing Heian era costumes. After lunch, we’ll continue to the 3rd and final of the three Kumano Grand Shrines, Nachi Taisha. Then we’ll finish the day on a local bus back to Kii Katsuura.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Nagisaya or similar with traditional Japanese style rooms with guests sleeping on futons

DAY 7 (MARCH 20): KII KATSUURA – OSAKA

Today we’ll rest our legs as we transfer back to where our adventure started, Osaka.

Meal Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Vischio Osaka or similar

DAY 8 (MARCH 21): DEPART OSAKA

Depart Osaka at any time.

Meal Included: Breakfast

*The hiking route or distance may be revised or changed due to weather conditions, unexpected reasons, or walking speed of the group.

INCLUDED

✓ 7 Breakfasts

✓ 5 Lunches

✓ 5 Dinners

✓ 7 Nights hotel accommodation

✓ Activities included in the itinerary

✓ Local English-speaking transfer assistant for transfers before and after hiking portion and English-speaking hiking guide while on the trail

✓ Photo book filled with memories from the trip

NOT INCLUDED

× Flight to and from Kansai International Airport (KIX)

× Incidental expenses

× Tips for drivers, guides + tour leaders

× Travel Visa (if needed)

× Mandatory Travel Insurance (You can request a quote here)

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • 4/5: On this trip we will hike 13km+ four days straight, so bring your walking shoes and get ready for an adventure!

*The hiking route or distance may be revised or changed due to weather conditions, unexpected reasons, or walking speed of the group.

  • WHO IS THIS TOUR FOR?

    This is trip is for women who want to get off the beaten path and take whatever comes their way in stride with new friends by their side.  If that’s what you’re looking for, this tour will be perfect for you!

  • TOUR CONFIRMATION

  • Typically, your order status will be pending once you complete the registration process. In most cases, your order status will be confirmed about 24 hours after booking. In cases where the trip hasn’t reached the minimum number of bookings required for confirmation, your pending status can last longer. While we typically notify much sooner, you’ll get notified on whether your spot on the trip is confirmed or not at least 60 days prior to your trip. Please hold off on booking your flight and making other arrangements until your tour is confirmed.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Our trips are priced based on double accommodations.  You can share a room with a significant other, friend, or whoever else, but you must be comfortable sharing a room.  If you are traveling solo you will be placed in a room with another solo traveler of the same gender.
  • PRICING & PAYMENTS

    The cost of the trip is $3,695 per person (WoA member) and $3,995 per person (WoA non-member) sharing a room.  Women on Adventures members, please use your member only promo code at checkout to get your discounted price.  If you aren’t a WoA member but want to join, you can do so here.  To guarantee your reservation, you must make a 25% deposit.  The 25% deposit is non-refundable and final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure.  Please read our Terms & Conditions for more information about our cancellation policy.

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is REQUIRED.  You can find our requirements here and request a quote here .
  • TRAVELERS

  • This is a small group experience tour.  It is limited to 14 travelers.

 

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I would totally do this trip again in a heartbeat, this was my first trip where someone did all the planning and it was great. I just sat back and enjoyed every activity, no complaints or regrets here.

Jenny

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15 elephants….in the wild…..o….m….g….AH-MAZING

Tina

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I honestly can’t say enough good things about this trip. It was life changing to say the least, and also made me realize how doable travel can be. International travel has always been something I’ve wanted to do more of, but I just had no idea how within reach it was. Thank you for putting this trip together, and for also being an incredibly knowledgeable resource. I’ll definitely be traveling with you again in the (hopefully) very near future!

Jessi