Kumano Kodo Solo Hike (Japan)

The Kumano Kodō is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Kii Hantō, the largest Peninsula of Japan. Since I was a kid, my dad took me and my brother out for hikes. When we grew older, we started hiking stretches of the GR5 pelgrimage route through Europe. So it made total sense to do this as a solo hike when I visit Japan in june 2016.

I’m not even sure how I had heard of the Kumano Kodo. It was probably listed in one of those ‘ten-things-you-should-do-in-Japan’-lists while I was preparing for my trip to Japan.

Looking back, it is one of the things I will never forget. The Kumano Kodo is an amazingly beautful and mystical experience. From the nature to meeting other hikers, from the amazing views to, the weather and from the amazing food to the glorious feeling when finishing the path.

I made a breakdown of each single day in separate posts:

  1. Kumano Kodo: preparations: Planning, getting there, packing;
  2. Kumano Kodo Day 1: Takijiri to TsugizakuraBus from Tanabe to Takijiri, First stage Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji, Spend the night near Tsugizakura-oji (Nonaka Sanso);
  3. Kumano Kodo Day 2: Tsugizakura to Yunomine, via HonguSecond stage Tsugizakura-oji to Hongu, Connecting stretch Hongu – Yunomine, Spend the night in Yunomine;
  4. Kumano Kodo Day 3: Ukegawa to NachisanBus from Yunomine to Ukegawa, Third stage Ukegawa to Koguchi, Fourth stage Koguchi to Nachisan.

Kumano Kodo: Before I start

To put things into context:

  • My trip was in June 2016, which is rain season. So, probably my experience was colder, rainier and with less other hikers than in the rest of the year.
  • I have an above average experience in hiking, but am definitely mister-know-it-all-super-hiker. I never even did a multi-day hike with tent or chalets. But I did do multiple multi-day hikes, have done 80k races in the past.
  • My hike was a solo hike – I had all flexibility
  • Please see my separate post on preparing for the Kumano Kodo and my packing list as well as my list of Japanese words for hiking.


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