We start our journey exploring the cultural centre of Kyoto before heading out on our trek. The Kumano Kodo is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes and sacred trails, linked by the ancient capital cities of Kyoto and Nara. Enriched by more than 1200 years of history, UNESCO calls this beautiful region "part of the living culture of Japan". This is as much a journey through local culture and rural life as it is spectacular natural beauty. As you walk, you will breathe in the earthy scents of woods, rivers and flowers. You will taste traditional meals, prepared by local chefs. You will step over cobbled stairways and past ancient shrines and statues. You will soak in centuries-old thermal springs. And you will be lulled to sleep each night on the trail in your traditional ryokan's by the gentle sounds of the forest and the sea. We finish off travelling by express train to Rinku where we explore this vibrant city. With every step you take, you will be helping others who are not well enough to physically join you on this journey. The money you raise or donate to take part in this adventure will be used to support vital resources and programs for oncology patients at Epworth HealthCare. 

Trip duration

8 days

Days hiking

5 days 

Challenge grade

Introductory to moderate


Hotels or ryokan guesthouses


Oncology patients at Epworth HealthCare


  • Exploring Kyoto
  • Following ancient pilgrimage trails
  • Trekking amongst spectacular scenery
  • Discover Japan's cultural heart
  • Hiking through mountains to the Hongu shrine


Day 1 - Arrive Kansai Airport Osaka, transfer by train to Kyoto

Day 2 - Explore Kyoto City

Day 3 - Train to Tanabe, trek to Takahara. Walk approx 5km

Day 4 - Trek to Takahara to Chikatsuyu. Walk approx 10km

Day 5 - Trek to Kobiratoge Pass; transer to Hoshinmonoji;Trek to Hongu. Walk approx 17km

Day 6 - Hike Ukegawa to Koguchi. Walk approx 15km

Day 7 - Walk from Koguchi to Kii Katsuura. Walk approx 17km

Day 8 - Return to Kansai Airport where arrangements conclude

Trip includes

  • All meals
  • Accommodation on a twin share basis in traditional ryokan and hotels
  • Transportation as listed in itinerary
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Medical kit
  • Luggage transfer from Kyoto to Chikatsuyu, from Chikatsuyu to Yunomine and Koguchi to Kii Katsuura
  • You will need to carry a daypack on Day 4 with overnight essentials

Not included

  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol
  • Visa
  • Trips and gratuities
  • International airfare ex Melbourne 

Further information

Download a detailed itinerary here


Register online with a $200 deposit with our travel partner Huma Challenges