Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Spiritual Japan: A Sacred Journey Through the Path of Prayer (10 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Kyoto, Japan To Mie, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Nov 2018

Spiritual Japan: A Sacred Journey Through the Path of Prayer (10 days)


Day 1
Kyoto, Japan
None Breakfast
Arrive in Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. Transfer to the temple, settle in and enjoy the peace and silence until your private zen meditation with a monk. After your mind and soul are eased from all the anxiety and stress, relish the delicacies of the traditional Buddhist temple cuisine, shojin ryori.
Day 2
Kyoto, Japan
None Breakfast

Begin the day with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony alongside the temple’s monks. Next, you will travel to Kokedera, also known as Moss Temple, and discover its spectacular garden. Continue to Tenryuji temple, which is, as well as Kokedera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow with a visit to the Ryoan-ji temple, one of the finest Japanese rock gardens in the world. Later walk among the endless green bamboo stalks in the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Finish your day in eastern Kyoto visiting the Sanjusangendo Temple.

Day 3
Nara, Japan
None Breakfast

Drive one hour to a true historic treasure Nara, where you will stay in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) after stopping en route to visit the Fushimi-Inari shrine. Next, explore the Isui-en Garden and continue to Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most important sanctuary. Take a peek at Daibutsu, the Great Buddha in the main hall of the Todaiji temple, before finishing your day with a pleasant walk in the Nara Koen Park.

Day 4
Koyasan, Japan
None Breakfast

Travel one hour to the sacred mountains of Mount Koya. During the day, discover the Danjo-Garan temple complex and the Kong?bu-ji - the Temple of the Diamond Mountain. You’ll learn about culture and religion in the Reihokan Museum before an afternoon walk through the Okunoin, Japan’s most famous and sacred cemetery and pilgrimage spot. At night, you will stay the Soji-in temple, where you can enjoy the shojin ryori with the monks.

Day 5
Kumano, Japan
None Breakfast

Rise early to meditate and pray with the monks. After a vegetarian breakfast, depart Mt. Koya and drive 2 hours to the Kumano region. Don your hiking shoes and prepare to walk the holy Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail. The approximately four-and-a-half mile and three-hour long hike starts at Hosshinmon-oji, the "gate of awakening of the aspiration to enlightenment" and ends at the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, the main shrine of the three Grand Shrines. Time-permitting, visit the Kumano Kodo Centre which exhibits objects and docments related to the Kumano Kodo history and culture. Dine and relax at the Kawayu Onsen Fujiya hotel in the evening, which has a natural hotspring in front of its property.

Day 6
Katsuura, Japan
None Breakfast

Today the pilgrimage journey continues on to two holy sanctuaries. You will reach the first one, Kumano Hayatama Taisha with its 800-year-old sacred tree after a forty-minute drive along the Kumano-gawa River - a UNESCO World Heritage Site; if you wish, you can take a boat journey, the way pilgrims have done traditionally, instead of driving. Then it’s onto your next sacred destination, Kumano Nachi Taisha and the 436-foot high Nachi-no-Taki waterfall - you can either hike the sacred trail or drive directly to the top. You will spend the night in Hotel Nakanoshima, a hot-spring resort on an isolated island, located in Katsuura an hour from the shrine.

Day 7
Mie, Japan
Amanemu Breakfast

Today’s three-mile hike through the Matsumoto Toge Pass, the final part of the Kumano Kodo Iseji Route, will take two-to-three hours. You will pass by the statue of Jizo, and Lion Rock (Shishi-iwa). Next, you’ll explore Japan’s oldest majestic shrine, the Hana-No-Iwaya Shrine. At the end of the day, rest and relax in a local hotel in Owase city.

Day 8
Mie, Japan
Amanemu Breakfast

Take a morning walk through the Owase Fish Market to the charming Owase Hinoki forest before your four-and-a-half mile trek along the Magose-toge Pass, which is a part of the Kumano Kodo Iseji Route. During the route, you will come across the Yonaki Jizo shrine, and later the Magose-fudoson next to a waterfall. Drive onward through Mie prefecture to get to Shima where you will spend a night of luxury at the hotel Amanemu.

Day 9
Mie, Japan
Amanemu Breakfast
Spend the day exploring the Ise-Shima, also called Shima peninsula. First stop is an extensive shrine complex, the Ise Jingu, an iconic destination for pilgrims. Its two most significant buildings are Geku (the Outer Shrine) and Naiku (the Inner Shrine). In the afternoon, admire the ama divers, “the sea women”, free-diving the depths of the sea to collect pearls, before you enjoy a delightful lunch on the Mikimoto Island. Return to your luxury hotel and relax on the final night of your journey.
Day 10
Mie, Japan
None None

Following a relaxing morning and check out, you’ll be transferred to Nagoya Airport where you will can connect to a flight to Narita or Osaka International Airports for your flight onward.

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing


This extraordinary 10-day itinerary promises a holistic experience of the body, mind and soul. Discover Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto; follow the Path of Prayer throughout the sacred Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage and immerse yourself in the unique Japanese culture and traditions while being surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

What's Included


  • Transfers as specified

  • Private English-speaking guide

  • Use of private vehicle and driver

  • Activities and entrance fees while touring

  • Daily breakfasts

  • Lunches that are specified

Not Included

  • Flights unless specified

  • Meals that are not specified as included

  • Alcohol

  • Optional activities

  • Visas unless specified

  • Laundry, gratuities, phone calls and items of a personal nature

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Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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