Day 4: Yunomine Onsen - Koguchi - Nachi-san (Ogumo-tori-goe)
Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: 1260 m
Elevation Loss: 930 m
Enjoy your breakfast and set off an early departure for a full day walk from Koguchi south to the shrine-temple complex of Nachisan. From Yunomine Onsen, take an hour bus rid to Koguchi (at your own expense) and start your challenge today. This is the Ogumotori-goe section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, considered one of the most difficult sections on the Nakahechi route. Not technically difficult but some long climbs and descents often with cobblestone lined trails, which can be slippery, especially when wet.
* If you don't feel up to the challenge for today's walk, we can arrange you to travel along the picturesque valley to Shingu and visit the Kumano Hayatama Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano. Take a traditional boat ride on the Kumano-gawa River. Please contact us for customised itinerary.
The trail takes you up to the Ogumotorigoe Pass with a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. You will definitely lend a sense of accomplishment to the hard journey! It then descends to Nachi-san, the location of Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano and Nachi-taki waterfall.
Visit Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the three grand shrines, located halfway up Nachi Mountain, about 350 meters above sea level. It has its religious origin in the ancient nature worship of Nachi-no-Otaki falls. Nachi Falls, 133 meters high and 13 meters wide, is the tallest waterfall in Japan. Its water source is the surrounding broad-leaf evergreen primeval forest, a sanctuary that has been protected since ancient times, used for ascetic training by mountain monks who practice Shugendo, a mixed religion of foreign and indigenous beliefs.
Take a bus to Katsuura Onsen on the coast (at your own expense) and take a ferry to your accommodation tonight at Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima.
Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima is a seaside hot spring resort located on a private island surrounded by the sea in Katsuura, with a 5-minute boat ride from the pier. It features a large Open-air Bath "Chomon no Yu" overlooking the bay where you can relax while listening to the sound of the waves and watching the sunset over the mountains.
Western / Japanese
Twin Beds / Futon
Ensuite western style
Enjoy a Japanese style Kaiseki set menu featuring fresh seasonal seafood natured in the Pacific Ocean.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner