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The Core of Japan’s Soul :  Ise, Kumano Kodo, and Koyasan

The Core of Japan's Soul

The Ise Jingu Shrines are the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. The Inner Shrine is dedicated to the Sun Goddess, and the Outer Shrine to the Goddess of agriculture and industry.
Kumano Kodo is a pilgrimage trail to Kumano Sanzan, a group of holy sites on the Kii Peninsula.
The trail, which has been designated as a World Heritage site, is lined with sacred antiquities and follows a route along the Kii Mountains.
Koyasan is one of the three most holy Buddhist sites in Japan along with Hieizan of Kyoto and Osorezan of Aomori. It is the head temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, established by Kobodaishi (also known as Kukai), and is a treasure trove of the sect, counting 117 Tacchu Temples and over 40,000 cultural properties.

The Core of Japan’s Soul :  Ise, Kumano Kodo, and Koyasan

day 1

Osaka

Arrive at Kansai International Airport
and transfer to hotel in Osaka
Stay at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka for 1 night

day 2

Wakayama

Transfer to and sightseeing of Mt. Koya
Stay at Fukuchi-in Temple for 1 night

day 3

Kyoto

Early morning Buddhist service at the temple (optional)
Transfer to Kyoto
Stay at Hyatt Regency Kyoto for 2 nights

day 4

Kyoto

Full day sightseeing of Kyoto, including a Japanese tea ceremony

day 5

Nara

Excursion to Nara, including a visit to Nara Park
(famous for its deer)
Stay at Tawaraya Ryokan

day 6

Mie

Transfer to Uji Yamada via express train
Sightseeing of Ise
-Ise JinguShrines
-Oharai machi town/Okage Yokocho street
Stay at Shima Kanko Hotel Bay Suite for 1 night

day 7

Osaka

Transfer to Shinguvia express train
Sightseeing of Nachi & Kumano
-Nachi Taisha Shrine
-Nachi Falls
-Kumano Kodo trail (World Heritage site)
Transfer to Osaka, and arrive at hotel late at night

day 8

Transfer to Kansai International Airport

Transfer to Kansai International Airport

Map
The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Tea ceremony
Nara
Kumano Kodo