This month UNESCO will twin the legendary pilgrims walks of Kumano Kodo in Japan with the Camino de Santiago. The ancient walks are being promoted as ‘the pilgrimages of the rising and setting sun’ and both offer fascinating walking journeys through history, great food and wonderful landscapes. The Kumano Kodo is much shorter than the Camino at 5 days but offers splendid walking through a mountainous and sparsely populated part of the Japanese mainland.
The Kumano Kodo is a Buddhist Pilgrimage that dates back over 1,000 years, when people from all level of society included retired Emperors and noblemen made the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano. These Pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo, which stretch across the mountainous Kii peninsula.
RAW is now offering both routes with guided and self guided options ( Kumano Kodo trips starting at the end of this month).