十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, Kansai

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  • We traveled independently walking some of the trails on this pilgrimage. We loved every aspect of the walks and soaking in local onsens during wet days. Our only regret was not enough time. No need to...  more »
  • We made a two-day trek from Prince Takijiri to Prince Tsugujiri, From Prince Tsugusakura to Kumano Hongu Taisha. There was more up-and-down than I thought, and i needed some physical strength while carrying a pack of nearly 10 kilos. However, the length of the villages scattered in the mountains and the sense of accomplishment when we arrived at Kumano Hongu Taisha were worth it. This time, i couldn't go on a day off with my wife, so i went trekking by myself, but I recommend that you go there by more than one.
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  • Did it on April 8 and 9. Heat is not an issue at this time of the year. While it was sunny there was a strong cold (icy) Siberian wind blowing. Luckily I had three layers (nothing too thick) and it did the trick. Thin gloves might be advisable (or put on a pair of socks). Left before 6 am. Birds were singing. But indeed there is little wildlife to be seen (none?). Trail is well marked and cannot be missed. I did 20 km in 7 hours at a easy pace taking many pictures. As some say, there are some steep climbs, nothing difficult just strenuous. You are never far from civilisation (there is always cellular reception) and it’s nice to walk through some villages. There was NOT A SINGLE PAPER on the trail. I don’t know how they do it, never seen anything like it - in Switzerland there are constantly some wrappers and paper tissues thrown away. Loved it. What cost my review the fifth star is that there are basically no lookouts, even if you take the detours to a peak, the bushes and trees are that high that you can barely see the scenery.
  • We did a 17km hike from Kii-Tanabe to Tsugizakura which took about 6.5hrs. The trail is very well sign posted and there are some villages along the way with shops, vending machines and toilets. Pack some food with you so you can stop and have lunch at one of the beautiful resting points. There are a few steep climbs on natural paths so be careful and wear comfortable walking shoes. Obviously take water and snacks to keep your energy up. I would recommend using their luggage shipping service at Kii-Tanabe so you can hike with just the essentials. Give them the address of the accommodation you are walking to and they take care of the rest. It costs about ¥2000 Also grab a free map from the convince store at the start or from the information centre but be warned it apparently doesn’t open until 9am. We didn’t see much wild life but do keep a lookout for snakes on the path. We didn’t see any but found out halfway through the hike that the Mamushi, known as a Japanese pit viper, is poisonous. Don’t let that put you off as we didn’t see any but just worth knowing what they look like so you can keep an eye out.
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