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Kumano Kodo for Cancer Services

19/03/2021 - 26/03/2021

Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this is an extraordinary charity challenge. We start our journey exploring the cultural centre of Kyoto before heading out on our trek. The Kumano Kodo is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes and sacred trails, linked by the ancient capital cities of Kyoto and Nara. Enriched by more than 1200 years of history, UNESCO calls this beautiful region “part of the living culture of Japan.”

This is as much a journey through local culture and rural life as it is spectacular natural beauty. As you walk, you will breathe in the earthy scents of woods, rivers and flowers. You will taste traditional meals, prepared by local chefs. You will step over cobbled stairways and past ancient shrines and statues. You will soak in centuries-old thermal springs. And you will be lulled to sleep each night on the trail in your traditional ryokan’s by the gentle sounds of the forest and the sea.

We finish off traveling by express train to Rinku where we explore this vibrant city. With every step you take, you will be helping others who are not well enough to physically join you on this journey. The money you raise or donate to take part in this adventure will be used to support vital resources and programs for oncology patients at Epworth HealthCare.

Dates: 19 to 26 March, 2021
Trip duration: 8 days
Days Hiking: 5 days
Location: Kumano Kodo, Japan
Challenge grade: Introductory to Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels or ryokan guesthouses
Cost: $4890 (plus $200 deposit & $2,500 in fundraising)
Beneficiaries: Oncology patients at Epworth HealthCare

Exploring Kyoto
Following ancient pilgrimage trails
Trekking amongst spectacular scenery
Discover Japan’s cultural heart
Hiking through mountains to the Hongu shrine

Day 1 Arrive Kansai Airport Osaka, transfer by train to Kyoto
Day 2 Explore Kyoto City
Day 3 Train to Tanabe, trek to Takahara. Walk Approx 5km
Day 4 Trek Takahara to Chikatsuyu. Walk Approx 10km
Day 5 Trek to Kobiratoge Pass; transfer To Hoshinmonoji; Trek to Hongu. Walk Approx 17km
Day 6 Hike Ukegawa to Koguchi. Walk approx 15km
Day 7 Walk from Koguchi to Kii Katsuura. Walk approx 17km
Day 8 Return to Kansai Airport where arrangements conclude

Trip Includes
All meals
Accommodation on a twin share basis in traditional ryokan and hotels
Transportation as listed in itinerary
Expert bilingual guide
Medical kit
Luggage transfer from Kyoto to Chikatsuyu, from Chikatsuyu to Yunomine and Koguchi to Kii Katsuura
You will need to carry a daypack on Day 4 with overnight essentials

Not included
Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol
Tips and gratuities
International airfare ex Melbourne

Kathryn Johnston
Epworth Medical Foundation
Phone: 03 9426 6359
Email: kathryn.johnston@epworth.org.au

Further information
Download a detailed itinerary of the Epworth

Register online with $200 deposit with our travel partner Huma Challenges




Kathryn Johnston
03 9426 6359

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