Kohechi Trail

Key information: Kohechi Trail

     

    • 4 day hike along ancient, World Heritage listed pilgrimage routes through the rugged forested mountains of Japan?s Kii peninsula. 
      • Start at Koyasan, littered with esoteric Buddhist temples. Walk southward past old villages, shrines and other sites for some 70km to Hongu in the heart of the sacred Kumano area.
        •  Stay in very Japanese accommodation along the way. Enjoy the remote towns and villages of still remarkably undeveloped rural Japan. 
          • This is a tiring walk in a frequently wet area. Come prepared.
          •  ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest13
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating85
  • Note: Neg: likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 70km
  • 4 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,719m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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WALK SUMMARY

This walk is the toughest of the various Kumano Kodo walks to Hongu, a 4 day hike along ancient, World Heritage listed pilgrimage routes through the rugged forested mountains of Japan?s Kii peninsula. 

Start a Koyasan, which is littered with esoteric Buddhist temples. Walk southward, generally against the grain of the land, past old villages, shrines and other sites for some 70km to Hongu in the heart of the sacred Kumano area.

Stay in very Japanese accommodation along the way. Enjoy the remote towns and villages of still remarkably undeveloped rural Japan.

Jane McBride comments: ?Our four day walk from Koyasan through to Hongu Taisha was great. We had a night in a temple in Koyasan at the start and managed minshuku etc on way. After the walk we went to Yunomine Onsen to relax our tired legs, and then Katsuura and nearby whale town Toji,?

Best Months: Spring and early Summer for flowers, including the famous cherry blossom, in mid Spring.  June and July are rainy season. Summer is hot and humid. Bright mid-autumnal colours.

This is a tiring walk in a frequently wet area. Come prepared.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Kumano Kodo walk page.

 

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