Q&A

Sacred Site and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

How many routes make up the Kumano Kodo?

There are five main routes: Kiiji, Nakahechi, Oheji, Koheji, and Iseji.

Nakahechi is the most popular route traveled by many imperial families in Kumano’s long history. There are other routes connecting the Kumano Kodo not listed as part of the World Heritage Area.

Who can walk on the Kumano Kodo?

Everybody, from children to elderly people, can enjoy hiking on the Kumano Kodo. We have many kinds of walking courses from about 1 to 8 hours long, and we also have “Taxi Plans” to see the main points of the Kumano Kodo.

Our Licensed Guides have all attended courses on lifesaving skills and ergo-kinetic healthy walking skills to keep our customers safe.  Some of our guides are even “Kumano therapists.”

How long does it take to walk on the Kumano Kodo?

It depends on what part of the Kumano you would like to walk.

We can arrange anything from a half-day, a full day, or a multiple-day trek or taxi tour.

To walk the entire Nakahechi route requires more than 7 days.  (7 to 10 days)

Is walking on the Kumano Kodo safe? Is it possible to use cellphones?

Yes. It’s safe to walk on the Kumano Kodo.

Even though 80% of Japanese cellphones have service in the Kumano Kodo area, there are still some dead spaces that get no reception.

What kind of hotels are on the Kumano Kodo? Is it possible to stay at hotels without reservation?

You don’t have to worry, there are many kinds of hotels, ryokan and family-style Japanese inns on the Kumano Kodo.

Visitors are generally able to stay weekdays without reservations, but we strongly recommend you to make a reservation if you plan to travel during Japanese long holiday seasons.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Mi-Kumano and we will be happy to answer your questions.