Updated: Dec 2, 2019
In July 2004, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were registered as UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are many options for walking the Kumano Kodo. You can do anything from a few minutes' walk to a weeks' trek through the mountains. We have been camping here several times ourselves. From friends living there throughout the year, have been told of some of the most amazing and lesser-known places to visit.
In Kumano, there are also riverside natural hot springs amongst rounded stones, where you can relax till you can take the heat no more, then plunge into cool crystal-clear river water to cool off or even drink! Repeat till you have had enough.
In Kumano, you can also find many places to camp in the wilderness. There are beautiful and stunning forest walks and the beautiful mountain water is a feature you will often hear rushing past you as you explore this stunning region.
Each time we return, we find a new location and so despite the driving distance, this is one of our favourite camping destinations. If you enjoy being in remote areas of natural beauty during good weather, Kumano certainly won't fail to leave lasting memories.
We recommend taking a good stock of food, as there are few places to find food in these remote regions!