HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR PACKAGE
Pilgrimage route runs through Ancient forest.
Overlooking Nachi falls at the end of the pilgrimage .
Nachi Taisha, one of the most important grand shrines in Kumano region.
Rock garden in Koyasan, the center of Shingon Buddhism.
Kaiseki, a first class Japanese course meal, prepared by local chef.
Yukata, a Japanese robe is provided at each Traditional Japanese inn, Ryokan.
Your guide is fluent in both Japanese and English, ensure your trrip is enjoyable and hastle-free.
All transportation (Taxi, Bus, Train) as stated in the itinerary between destinations in Japan are included.
PRICE AND DATES
389,000 JPY (Fixed)
$ 4,385.82 CAD // $ 3,607.30 USD
(Conversion price on Sep.8th, 2017)
Single Supplement Charge $400.00 CAD
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*Due to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, foreign exchange price is subject to change based on a fixed price without notice. We refer to mid-market rates from currency authority.
TOUR 1March 27 to April 6, 2018 >>Fully Booked!
TOUR 2March 30 to April 9, 2018>>Fully Booked!
A wait list is available if a tour date is fully booked. No payment is required to join a wait list.
The trip starts in Wakayama and finishes in Wakayama. The area is served by Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX).
- Full-time services of Yamnuska tour leader/guide.
- 6-day Assistant guide service for Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.
- 10 nights’ accommodation (single supplement applies).
- All breakfasts, four lunches, eight evening meals. (indicated by a ✔on the itinerary)
- Trail snacks for Kumano Kodo pilgrimage between Days 3 and 9.
- All transportation (Taxi, Bus, Train) as stated in the itinerary between destinations in Japan, except for transportations during a complimentary tour on Day 1.
- A private transportation from Wakayama to Koyasan on Day 2.
- A private transportation from Nishinaka to South Totsukawa village on Day 5.
- Half-day guided tour at Koyasan.
- Entrance fee to all sites and temple in Koyasan.
- Buddhist ceremonies.
- Luggage forwarding throughout tour.
- Hot spring (onsen) entry fees.
- Airport arrival & departure assistance.
- Airport transfers.
- Flights to and from Wakayama/Osaka.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Certain meals indicated on Itinerary by NA (easy options always available).
- Optional Tours.
- Travel Medical Insurance (Required).
Single Supplement Fee
If you would prefer a single room when available or you are a single traveller, you will be charged an extra single supplementary fee for certain nights. If you are a single traveller and are willing to share with another traveller of the same gender let us know and we will try to pair you up if possible.
Payment of the Single Supplement Fee does not guarantee a single room booking when staying in accommodation on the night of Day 2 due to limited temple lodge availability.
Single rooms are only guaranteed when we are staying in a hotel in Wakayama on Day 1 and, Omata on Day 3, Totsukawa Onsen on Day 5, Kumano Hongu on Day 6 and Day 7, Koguchi on Day 8, Katsuura on Day 9 and Wakayama on Day 10.
No single rooms are available at Minsyuku on Day 4 where you will share a room with other group members of the same gender.
In the event that a single room cannot be provided, Yamnuska Mountain Tours will refund the portion of the Single Supplement Fee relevant to that/those nights.
Yamnuska Mountain Tours will try to fulfill requests for non-smoking rooms. However Yamnuska Mountain Tours cannot guarantee the availability of non-smoking rooms because some hotels and Japanese inns (Ryokan) do not have non-smoking rooms or such rooms are in very limited supply.
It is a Moderate to Difficult hike which requires a moderate level of fitness. The trail is not at all technical though there are some significant climbs encountered (see Day-by-Day itinerary) including 3 major passes over 1000 metres.
You will need to be able to hike with the group for six days, each averaging a comfortable 15 km over 5 to 7 hours. You will carry a daypack with raingear and extra clothing.
Most of the trail is well-maintained and some days include small paved roads which are used by local residents. Often we hike on flagstones (including many steps) which may be slippery due to moss.
The trail can also be slippery and muddy when wet. Hiking poles and hiking boots with good ankle support are strongly recommended.
Meeting Place and Time
You will meet your Yamnuska tour leader at our hotel in Wakayama. There will be a tour briefing at 5pm after which we will have our welcome dinner in Wakayama.
Getting to Wakayama and Transportation
Upon booking you will receive an information package by email. It will include detailed instructions on how to get to our hotel from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. If landing at another airport or arriving in Wakayama by rail or other means send us your travel details so we can send you customized instructions.
Guides and Group Size
Yamnuska tour leaders are professional guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), they are fluent in both English and Japanese. They have extensive experience in both Japan and in the Canadian Rockies. They have advanced wilderness first aid training and heritage interpretation accreditation. They carry emergency equipment including a group first aid kit and communication tools. A minimum group size is 8 guests.
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. A $200 CAD non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking. Final payment is due eight weeks before the start of the tour and that amount in Canadian dollars will be calculated using the current official Yen exchange rate. The Canadian Dollar price is subject to change without notice due to fluctuations in the exchange rate for the Japanese Yen.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
What to Bring
You will need to bring your own daypack and personal clothing (guides carry first aid and emergency gear). Cotton clothing is NOT recommended as an insulating layer as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. Weather conditions can vary from hot to cold, rainy and even snowy meaning you need to be equipped appropriately. It also can be very slippery when wet, due to many tree roots and muddy terrain. We highly recommend that you wear hiking boots which provide firm ankle support. Walking poles are highly recommended and available for rent.