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Walking the Kumano Kodo

Mar 15-25, 2023

11 days | Japan | alumni UBC Travel Club

Join us for a journey to discover traditions and culture along the 1000-year-old pilgrimage route known as the Kumano Kodo. The Kodo (“old ways) trails were designed to be a religious experience in themselves as well as linking the three Kumano shrines on the Kii Peninsula. Over five days we follow in the footsteps of Emperors as we hike in the shade of giant Japanese cedar trees in one of the most remote and mystical areas of Japan.

Stopping by night in small villages, dining on the freshest local ingredients in country inns, and enjoying the most civilized way to end a hike of great hiking –a natural hot spring bath. The peaceful trail is relatively easy to get through – the biggest obstacle will likely be all the stops for photos!

We begin and end our tour in Kyoto, Japan’s capital for a thousand years and the repository of much of its cultural heritage. In the city we visit Imperial Palaces and Shogun’s castles, enjoy a tea ceremony, discover one of Kyoto’s small but beautiful strolling gardens, and explore Nara and historic Higashiyama.
 
 

 

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Tour Cost (per person):
C$8895  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by air conditioned vehicle and by train; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest study leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Kyoto
2Nijo Castle, Tea Ceremony, Kyoto Imperial Palace Grounds, walk 8km
3The mountain monastery complex at Koyasan
4Transfer to the Kii Peninsula, begin the Kumano Kodo Trail, hike 5km
5Takahara to Chikatsuyu, hike 11km
6Hosshinmon Shrine to Grand Shrine with a Yamabushi, hike 21km
7Hike Dainichigoe, Kumano River boat ride, Hatayama Taisha, hike 3.5km
8Daimonzaka and Nachi Grand Shrine, hike 5km
9The Iseji Pilgrimage Route, 6.6km
10Travel by train to Kyoto
11Depart Kyoto
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Your Tour Leader

Judy Rogers is a former Chair of the UBC Alumni Association (2011 – 2014). She is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Service in BC and was recently awarded the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions to municipal government and the community. Judy is based in Vancouver and is an active lover of the outdoors. Judy is a veteran of many walks, including as host of the alumni UBC Travel Club’s “Peru’s Sacred Valley” walk in 2018. Judy will be accompanied by our UK-based walking guide.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions Active & Walking
Tour Cost (per person):
C$8895  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by air conditioned vehicle and by train; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest study leader.

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