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Overview

We are passionate about taking you off the beaten track, creating positive experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.We are committed to ensuring that our day trips, weekends or tours are unique, attainable, well researched, affordable and tailored for the enjoyment of small groups. Our adventures cater for people from many walks of life, age groups and motivations. We aim to give you the very best of what nature and the outdoors has to offer, leaving you with a smile from ear to ear and a sense of accomplishment.

Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture; on the one hand, it is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years; on the other, it is a society in a continual state of rapid flux, with continually shifting fads and fashions and technological development. This is part of what makes it such a fascinating country to visit. If you are looking for something different that takes in multiple facets of this wonderful country, then this is your trip.

AWESOMENESS 92%
Grade 3
VIEWS
DAYS 7

Trip Highlights

  • Trek the Kumano trail
  • Stay in traditional accommodation, including traditonal monasteries
  • See 3 of the 4 shrines on the trail
  • Visit world famous waterfalls
  • A morning exploratory bike ride
  • All food and culinary experiences included
  • All transfers included, including fast train.
  • Great social fun with support and encouragement
  • Guided by local people with years of experience and knowledge
  • Supported by Take Shape Adventures best guides.

Itinerary

Inclusive of all meals and accommodation:Experience some of the ancient pilgrimage routes along the Kumano no Kodo.

  • Arrival day. Welcome to Japan. You will be transferred from Kansai airport to your arrival accommodation.
  • Our leader will take you to the downtown area for informative orientation night walk piecing the city together well and helping you understand its place as a former Capital.
  • Welcome Dinner at traditional Kyoto restaurant.
  • Accommodation: Palace Side Hotel or similar (3 stars western style) or similar
  • Our trip today will start by enjoying a casual bike ride to get around this flat city. We will ride on the Kamo riverbank followed by Heian Jingu Shrine, Nanzenji Temple and the Philosophers Path (options exist for those keen to explore by foot rather than in the saddle)
  • Afternoon to explore some secret seasonal temples, gardens and shrines with your resident local leader.
  • Before dinner, you will go to Gion district with your guide. On Gion district walk, you have a chance to be spotting MAIKO, GEIKO girls commuting on the street.
  • We will have dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Accommodation: Palace Side Hotel (3 stars western style) or similar
  • Before leaving Kyoto, you will start early morning explore of Fushimi Inari Shrine which is famous for its SENBON (Thousand) Trii red gates which appeared in the movie “Memoirs Of A Geisha”. We will walking through the stunning red gates for 4km.
  • Travelling to Kii Tanabe, approximately 3 hours
  • After arrival at the hotel of Kii Tanabe, we will go out for some introduction hiking of Kumanokodo. (12.3k 3h20 / duration 5h35 / Altitude difference 100m)
  • We will have dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Accommodation: City Plaza Hotel or similar (3 stars western style) or similar
  • We will get on a bus to Takijiri Oji (40mins)(Thousand) Trii red gates which appeared in the movie “Memoirs Of A Geisha”. We will walking through the stunning red gates for 4km.
  • Hiking Takijiri Oji to Tsugizakura Oji, (18.2k 7h10 / duration 9h40/ Altitude difference 600m)
  • Traditional style dinner at the Minsyuku which is Japanese style B&B
  • We will have experience of sleeping on Futon on the floor for 3 nights from tonight
  • Accommodation: Minshuku Iseya or similar
  • We will start this morning from visiting Kumano Hongu Taisha which is one of the three Main Kumano Shrines
  • Bento lunch made by Minshuku
  • Hiking Kumano Hongu Taisha to Tsugizakura Oji, (22k 6h50 / duration 8h50/ Altitude difference 400m)
  • We will have experience of sleeping on Futon on the floor for 3 nights from tonight
  • Accommodation: Minshuku Iseya or similar
  • Today, we will make a visit of Nachi Taisha Shrine, one of the three Main Kumano Shrines and Nachi Waterfalls
  • Hiking on Mystical Ogumotorigoe trail. It will be the toughest route on the trip, (14.5k 5.5h, Altitude difference 700m)
  • Bento lunch made by Minshuku
  • Accommodation: Minshuku Iseya or similar
  • Today you will be transferred back to Kyoto
  • If you still have some more energy, there is another chance of walking in Kyoto. Your guide will plan for the group depending on the group interest.
  • Delicious farewell dinner at the end of the day
  • Accommodation: Palace Side Hotel or similar (3 stars western style) or similar
  • Breakfast and transfer to the airport for return flight

You also have the option of booking our extension:

Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, evening orientation and dinner (people joining the second departure will fly in today and join the orientation and meal and have the train from Tokyo to Kyoto included on day 4)

Full day site and transport inclusions – best of Tokyo in September with a twist (specifics of highlights and course inclusions to follow) (trying local seasonal snacks also during the day)

Full day site and transport inclusions – best of Tokyo in September with a twist (specifics of highlights and course inclusions to follow) (trying local seasonal snacks also during the day)

After breakfast free to explore or depart.
(those joining second Kumano trip leave for Kyoto to join leader and group)

Food

This tour will be catered by local Japanese restaurants and local accommodation venues. Food will be prepared to high standards and most intolerance’s and dietary requirements can be catered for. Please contact us if you have any special circumstances. Please also note that our tour will visit remote areas of Japan and this may preclude certain meals being available. As always, we will do our very best to ensure you are catered for.

Includes

  • Full catering, including all dietary needs
  • Experienced & qualified guides
  • Scenery & wildlife
  • First Aid
  • Our wonderful TSA enthusiasm!

Does not include:

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages

What to bring:

  • Large drink bottle, or two normal drink bottles on a hot day
  • A small backpack
  • Medication, camera, etc...
  • Hat or beanie depending on weather
  • Sturdy walking boots, trail shoes or runners
  • Walking clothes, we generally recommend shorts or light pants with layers for your upper body

A comprehensive gear list is provided to participants prior to the trip.

Cancellation Policy:

As this trip is conducted in partnership with the Japan based Venture Expeditions, the Take Shape Adventures cancellation policy will match our partner company cancellation policy. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation.

If you cancel a trip:
Between 4 weeks to 2 weeks - 50% fee charged
Between 2 weeks to 1 week - 75% fee charged
Less than 1 week - 100% fee charged

Travel Insurance is mandatory.

Please do not book flights until you get confirmation that the tour is proceeding.

If you have any further questions, please first visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and if you still can't find your answer, contact us via our Live Chat or send us an email.

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