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The price of the trip is based on twin-shared rooms. If you’d like to secure a room for yourself, that’s possible at an additional cost. Please keep in mind that it may not be available in all locations, but we’ll let you know. If you don’t add the single supplement below, we’ll assume you’re alright with sharing the room with either your travel buddy or another tour member.

Don’t have your own bike or bringing it would just be too much of a hassle? You can rent a bike with your guides! Read more about bike options below.

Let us know which bike you would prefer to rent. Your guide will let you know in advance what is available and best suited for your adventure

1 Person
7 day
Bicycle Tours JP, Tetsuya, Yoshi
Reserve deposit (30%) $0
Second Payment Amount: $0
  • Kumano Kodo, Japan’s sacred pilgrimage, lures people from all corners of the world. It’s a thousand-year-old network of trails cutting through the mountains of Kii, connecting the Three Grand Shrines of Komodo and a myriad of tinier shrines along the way. Your local, experienced, English-speaking guide will lead you through the trails, making sure you feel and eat like a local along the way! A support vehicle will be available, your luggage will be transferred to the next accommodation, and most meals are included—it’s up to you just to kick back and enjoy!

    • Meet your guide and your group at a hotel in Shirahama, a lovely seaside resort in the south of Wakayama prefecture. Get your bikes fitted, go through a briefing, and do a short, warm-up ride in Shirahama town. Get to know your team over dinner.
      Meals: Dinner
      Cycling: 10-15 km / 6-9 miles
      Accommodation: Japanese-style inn or a modern resort hotel

      Shirahama resort town

    • Bike to the mountain of Kumano via one of the Kumano Kodo routes, Nakahechi. This trail gives you the chance to soak in the history and culture of the area, and as you go higher, you’ll enter the sacred sites of Kumano Sanzan (the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano). Reach a point with a view of the mountains, and once you’ve had lunch, start the Kumano Kodo walk! Go into the forest and start walking the ancient pilgrimage path, surrounded by Japanese cedars—you can expect a natural path, stone pavements, moss-covered stone steps, and bridges. You’ll also notice many small shrines called oji, whose purpose is to wish pilgrims a safe trip. End your day in Chikatsuyu Oji along Nakahechi, where you’ll stay for the night.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Cycling: 30 km / 19 miles
      Accommodation: Japanese-style inn or a modern resort hotel

      Kumano Kodo hikers through the woods

    • Leave Chikatsuyu by bike and travel along a paved road of Kumano Kodo, among moss-covered stone walls and cedar groves. After pedaling further into the mountains, arrive at Hosshinmon Oji and take a lunch break there. Continue walking to Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine on foot, the most popular path in Kumano Kodo at which you’ll pay respects, and feel the ambience of the distant past. Return to biking until you reach Kawayu Onsen, a hot springs area with hot water found in any part of the riverbank you dig. Stay at a long-established ryokan (inn) and get some rest.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Cycling: 30 km / 19 miles
      Hiking: 7.5 km / 4.7 miles
      Accommodation: Japanese-style inn

      Cycling along Kumano Kodo

    • Kick off the day with a bike ride to Yunomine Onsen, the place of a World Heritage Site of Tsuboyu. Then, biking along Kumano River, your next stop is a shrine in Shingu. Once you’ve had your coffee break in a cozy cafe along the way, continue traveling on a moss-covered, narrow path along Kumano River, enter Shingu City, and pay respect at Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine. Visit Kamikura Shrine, where the Kumano Gongen deity was said to descend to earth for the first time. The shrine is surrounded by an extremely steep, stone staircase and a massive boulder at the top overlooking the Kumano Sea. Lodge in the heart of Shingu City.
      Meals: Breakfast
      Cycling: 50 km / 31 miles
      Accommodation: Japanese-style inn or a modern resort hotel

      Moss-covered walls and road of Kumano Kodo

    • Pedal your way along the sea to the last of Kumano Sanzan shrines, Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine. Once you arrive there, start hiking the Daimon Zaka, a stone pavement with the most vivid reminiscence of the ancient Kumano Kodo—feel like a pilgrim of the past, determined to complete the demanding journey to visit Kumano shrines. The inspiration for the faith that led to the establishment of Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine were the Nachi Falls—at 133 m (436 ft), this is Japan’s highest waterfall! Once you’ve soaked in the views, bike down the mountain and towards the sea. Today you’ll be staying in Kii-Katsuura, an area with the highest tuna yield in Japan—soak in an onsen and enjoy a delicious meal.
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Cycling: 30 km / 19 miles
      Hiking: 3 km / 2 miles
      Accommodation: Japanese-style inn or a modern resort hotel

      Shrine of Kumano Kodo

    • Take a train to Kushimoro. Today you’ll go on an incredible biking experience along one of the clearest rivers in the Kansai region, the Koza River, going from one, incredibly massive, strangely-shaped rock to another. The climax of the day is the surreal view of Hashigui Iwa in the afternoon, a row of rocks that extends into the Pacific Ocean. For your last night of the tour, you’ll stay at a resort hotel that stands at the top of the hill in front of Hashigui Iwa. Be sure to check out the view from the hotel’s outdoor bath of the rising sun casting the morning light onto Hashigui Iwa!
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Cycling: 40 km / 25 miles
      Accommodation: Modern resort hotel

      Hashigui Iwa rocks

    • After a hearty breakfast at your modern hotel, it’s time to leave. Say goodbye to your team and your guides, and if you’d like to stay longer, just ask your guides for some recommendations! If you have a flight to catch, take a shuttle bus to Kushimoto Station, the closest JR station on the Kisei Main Lain. From there, there are non-stop express trains towards Shin-Osaka and Kyoto.
      Meals: Breakfast

      Hashigui Iwa rocks in Japan

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • Experienced, local hiking & biking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 7-day hike & bike tour along the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
        • Accommodation (6 nights in twin-shared rooms)
        • Most meals (6 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 5 dinners — more details in the itinerary)
        • One beverage for a toast (Kanpai) per dinner
        • Van support
        • Mechanical support
        • Luggage transfer by van
        • Bike transfer by van during hiking
        • Train on day 6
        • Snacks and water during ride
        • Accident insurance (limited)

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Japan
        • Meals and beverages not under the “what’s included”
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • In order to join the hike and bike tour along Kumano Kodo, you need to be a moderate-level biker, ready for 30-60 km (19-38 miles) per day, as well as for hiking for 3 half days. If you choose to rent e-hybrid bakes, that will make the mileage and the ascents easier.

    • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

        • Duffle bag or suitcase for all your personal belongings (try to pack light)
        • Day pack large enough to carry items you’ll need throughout the day (around a 20-30L bag)
        • Bike helmet and bike — option to rent
        • Cycling and hiking clothing
        • Leisure clothing
        • Appropriate shoes for cycling and hiking
        • Sun hat
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • The accommodation for your week-long tour has been carefully selected to provide you with the experience of Japanese culture and traditions. This way, one day you’ll be staying at Japanese-style hot-spring inns (onsen ryokans), the other you’ll enjoy the amenities of modern resort hotels. Almost every accommodation (except in Shingu) has its own hot springs (onsen)! After a long day pedaling and walking your way through spectacular trails, you’ll retreat to your cozy accommodations, rest and relax for the upcoming days!

      The accommodation is twin-shared, but it’s possible to choose a single supplement upon booking.

    • One of the definite highlights of touring Kumano Kodo is the food. While you’re on the trail, keep in mind that you won’t have a wide range of food choices because Japanese food is served everywhere. You will be able to relish Japanese and Kumano’s local cuisine and its delicacies, including mehari-zushi, plums, fresh tuna, tempura, sashimi, trout, etc. Eat like a local for the duration of your tour!

      If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in time and your requests will be catered to as much as possible. It’s worth noting that past tour participants who were vegetarians or had food allergies were satisfied with the food.

    • If you’d like to, you can bring your own bikes, but don’t sweat if it’s too much hassle bringing it—your guides provide rentals. Upon checkout, you can choose between:

        • high-performance carbon road bikes (Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc 105 etc.)
        • comfortable adventure bikes (Cannondale SLATE)
        • high-quality e-hybrid bikes (YAMAHA / TREK / MIYATA)

      Once you’re on tour, a support vehicle will be available. No need to carry your bags on your bike, they will safely be transported to your accommodation. You will also be provided with GPS devices, maps, and a GPS tracking smartphone app for checking each rider’s real-time position.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this hike and bike tour along Kumano Kodo, the maximum group size is 8 people with hiking and biking guides.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      Hiking and biking the Kumano Kodo can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to Shirahama, the starting point of your hike & bike Kumano Kodo tour, it’s best to fly into Kansai International Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM). Depending on where you land, it will take you 1.5-2.5 hours by car or up to 4 hours by public transport.

      You’ll meet your guide at a hotel in Shirahama on Day 1 of the tour. More details are to come once you book.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Japan, please refer to Japan’s COVID-19 travel information.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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