Kumano Kodo

Soft ferns dampen our footsteps and the scent of fresh, cold mountain air fills our nostrils each morning as we step out on to a seemingly endless forest path that guided us to our next refuge for the night. The Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrimage trail across Japan’s largest peninsular made up of shrines, temples, deities and mountain gods. Small towns, waypoints, that become as much a part of the journey as the hike itself. Kind-hearted people who provide onsens, neat parcels of food and pillows filled with er... rice!