“The transformative experiences in this journey stem from historical precision, religious dedication, ancient healing practices, and rituals like the Geisha tea ceremony.
Meditation and reflection are the foundation of Japan–and the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is a testament to this. Spend three days on this sacred and serene UNESCO-designated path walking 29km (18 miles) on peaceful sections from Takahara to the Nachi Grand Shrine.
On this journey into Japan, you’ll learn about the religious practice of Shugendō, the stories behind the elaborate shrines and temples and witness the evolution of the Women’s Pilgrimage Course. You’ll sleep in traditional ryokans (Japanese-style inns) on tatami mats for four nights, attend a fire ceremony and create parchment-like washi-paper. Purify in the healing waters of the Onsens and introduce your palate to some truly unexpected local flavours and surprises!”