HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR PACKAGE
Pilgrimage route runs through Ancient forest.
Overlooking Nachi falls at the end of the pilgrimage .
We visit the three Grand Shrines which are Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Nachi Taisha Shrine and Hayatama Taisha Shrine.
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
414,500 JPY (Fixed)
$ 4,941.08 CAD
(Conversion price on Apr.22, 2019)
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.
- 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, nine evening meals. (indicated by a ✔on the itinerary)
- 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.
- A private transportation from Nachi Taisha to Katuura on Day 9.
- A private return transportation between Katsuura, Hayatama Taisha shrine and Nachi Taisha shrine on Day 10.
- 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.
- Trail snacks. (e.g. cliff bars, granola bars, trail mix,protein bars etc.)
- 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 challenging hike which requires more than a moderate level of fitness and it is definitely not for a beginner hiker.
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 seven days, each averaging a comfortable 15 km, 800 m elevation gain/loss over 6 to 8 hours. You will carry a daypack with rain gear 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.
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.
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.
Travel Medical Insurance
You are required to purchase travel medical insurance to participate our Japan programs.
Travel medical insurance covers and protects you against unforeseen events during the tour in Japan. We appreciate not everyone wants the added cost of insurance, but in our experience unplanned events happen regularly. Your tour leader will do their best to assist guests when unplanned events happen, but there are easily obtained policies that can protect your financial investment.
We are hiking through a rural, remote area in Japan. It is your responsibility to have appropriate travel medical insurance during your trip in Japan.
We strongly recommend that you check your insurance if it covers emergency medical - related assistance services such as, -locating local medical providers, -arranging transportation and translation services, -coordinating evacuations including ambulance and emergency air transportation, -arranging accommodations and meals for extension of your stay.
Because you are traveling in Japan and it can be difficult to find a medical facility that provides assistance services in your first language. When you don’t understand what the doctors and nurses are telling you about your conditions, translation service will be of great help to you.
If you have travel insurance with your credit card, please make sure you check on the coverage and if you think it does not cover for the type of your travel to Japan, you may want to reconsider.
We also strongly recommend you find a trip cancellation or interruption provider as we will not be in a position to credit or refund your fees.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. A $200 CAD non-refundable, non-transferable 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.
Cancellation less than eight weeks before the program start and during the program results in loss of entire amount paid. The entire amount you paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.
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, flagstone steps and muddy terrain. We highly recommend that you wear hiking boots which provide firm ankle support. Walking poles are strongly recommended.
Your lunch during the hike are prepared and provided by the accommodations we stay in. Some days it is western style sandwiches, some days Japanese style ‘riceballs’ and typically, the portion of lunch in Japan is ‘small’. The accommodations do not provide trail snacks, protein bars, nutritional bars. It is important for you to have enough food for the day’s hike because some days you spend 7 to 8 hours on the trail. Sometimes these lunchs may not provide adequate nutrition or calories for the demands of the hike, so please bring your own trail bars, snacks from your home, e.g. cliff bars, granola bars, trail mix,protein bars etc.