The ultimate pilgrimage trails this year are in Japan

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Like the well-known Spanish Camino de Santiago, the Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrim route that offers walkers opportunities to walk historic trails – in scenically stunning surrounds – at their own pace.

 

Adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions, reports surging interest in its range of Japanese pilgrim trail walks, such as the World Heritage listed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.

World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, said the Japanese trails are rapidly gaining in popularity, with confident trekkers attracted by the historical and cultural significance of the trails, the delicious food, polite and friendly locals as well as opportunities to stay in traditional ryokans along the way.

“We’ve seen a 20% growth in bookings for our Japan walks already in 2019,” Ms Badyari said. “The combination of historic trails, organized accommodation and luggage transfers that has long been popular in Europe is definitely catching on in Japan.”

World Expeditions’ active European brand, UTracks, is a leading operator of self-guided walks throughout Europe, including numerous Camino de Santiago walks in Spain, France and Portugal, so the company is experienced with the model.

The ultimate pilgrimage trails this year are in Japan

“The popularity of the European Camino has educated the market about the attractions of these historic trails and the market has embraced the Japanese offering,” Ms Badyari said.

The connection between the Camino and the Kumano has been recognized through the Dual Pilgrim program, which was set up to recognize the achievements of people who have walked both Japan’s Kumano Kodo and Spain’s Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago).

The Dual Pilgrim certificate can be collected in either Santiago de Compostela, Spain or in Kumano Hongu Heritage Centre, Japan after both the UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes are completed.

For further information or to book visit  www.worldexpeditions.com

  • Kumano Kodo Self-Guided Hike – A 5 day adventure, including a 3 day self-guided hike on Japan’s World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrim trail. A self-guided hike through the scenic vistas of the sacred, UNESCO World Heritage listed Kii Mountain range. This self-guided hike takes you coast to coast through the scenic vistas of the sacred, UNESCO World Heritage listed Kumano Mountains of the Kii Peninsula

 

 

  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Hike – a five day adventure, including a three day guided hike through the UNESCO-listed Kii Mountains, with accommodation in traditional minshuku inns along the way.

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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes currently has a 4.5 out of 5 star TripAdvisor review rating from over 250 reviews.

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    If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel magazine platform for cost effective, luxury, unusual and extraordinary but mostly immersive travel ideas around the globe. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine). Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment comes from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. So thank you for inspiring me, and for joining our journey!

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