Day 1 Osaka We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Osaka/Chikatsuyu (1D) Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
Local train (1.00 hour(s), 80km)
Day 3 Chikatsuyu/Katsuura (1B, 1D) Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Afterwards, board a bus for coastal Katsuura.
Kumano Hongu Taisha Hike
Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours)
Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Day 4 Katsuura/Wakayama Hike to one of Japan's best-known waterfalls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.
Kumano Nachi Taisha Hike
Local train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Wakayama/Kyoto Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Wakayama Castle Visit
Local train (1.00 hour(s))
Bullet train (1.50 hour(s), 40km)
Day 6 Kyoto Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Day 7 Kyoto/Onomichi Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
Local train (2.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 8 Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima (1D) Enjoy a day of cycling across bridges and islands to the south of Honshu, exploring small villages along the way. Spend the night in a ryokan inn on Ikuchi Jima and savour a traditional kaiseki meal.
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Onomichi to Ikuchi Jima
Day 9 Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama (1B) Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Ikuchi Jima to Imabari City
Train (0.75 hour(s), 40km)
Day 10 Matsuyama/Hiroshima (1B) The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.
Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
Ferry (2.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Hiroshima Travel to the island of Miyajima from Hiroshima. Hop into a kayak and paddle out to the iconic torii gate which floats in the bay.
Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to Aug 2020.
Miyajima Island Visit
Day 12 Hiroshima/Tokyo Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Tokyo Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.