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Kumano Kodo & Camino Frances 'dual pilgrim'

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Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
Will be heading to Japan in about 10 days to walk one of the Kumano Kodo routes in the Kii mountains. Given that the Kumano Kodo and Spain's Camino are the two Unesco heritage trails I have found out that you can qualify for an award, A "Dual Pilgrim" award, for someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/world-heritage/dual-pilgrim/
 

Saranger

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Samos-Santiago 2015 & 2016
Porto-Santiago 2017
Kumano Kodo March 2018
Ferrol-Santiago May 2019
Just be sure to bring your Credencial with you as proof of completing the Camino de Santiago. My husband and I are walking the Kumano Kodo in Spring 2018!

Buen Camino!
 

MikeyC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
CF - 2019
Will be heading to Japan in about 10 days to walk one of the Kumano Kodo routes in the Kii mountains. Given that the Kumano Kodo and Spain's Camino are the two Unesco heritage trails I have found out that you can qualify for an award, A "Dual Pilgrim" award, for someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/world-heritage/dual-pilgrim/
We may see you thereabouts. My wife and I are heading to Takamatsu tomorrow and walking 6 days on the 88 Temple route, then heading over for the Kumano Modo.
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
Sounds like an amazing adventure!

I loved spending time in Japan with our foreign exchange daughter, with whom we contained a very close relationship. Japan is a fascinating culture, and I just may being able to persuade my husband to return for this walk.

Please send a link to your blog if you keep one for both walks.
 

Jill81

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances ’14,’19
Portuguese ‘15
Via Francigena ’16
Kumano Kodo, Japan 2017
VdlP 2018 to be cont’d
Will be heading to Japan in about 10 days to walk one of the Kumano Kodo routes in the Kii mountains. Given that the Kumano Kodo and Spain's Camino are the two Unesco heritage trails I have found out that you can qualify for an award, A "Dual Pilgrim" award, for someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/world-heritage/dual-pilgrim/
Lucky you!

October will be a lovely time to be walking the Kumano Kodo with the beginning of the fall colours and cooler temperatures. I walked it in February of this year. It was pretty cold but a fabulous experience nevertheless, and received the Dual Pilgrim certificate after presenting my credential and a photo of my Compostela at Kumano Hongu Taisha.

The Kii Peninsula is a very, very special place and I hope you enjoy your time there and won’t have to pull out the rain gear and umbrella too often!

Have a wonderful journey!

98A46AA9-D018-4BB0-881D-2DCF969FC7B2.jpeg . . . 10,755 kilometers to Santiago :)
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
Just be sure to bring your Credencial with you as proof of completing the Camino de Santiago. My husband and I are walking the Kumano Kodo in Spring 2018!

Buen Camino!
Thanks for that
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
We may see you thereabouts. My wife and I are heading to Takamatsu tomorrow and walking 6 days on the 88 Temple route, then heading over for the Kumano Modo.
We start out from Tanabe on Saturday 21st, although I think we actually start the walk from Takijiri.
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
Sounds like an amazing adventure!

I loved spending time in Japan with our foreign exchange daughter, with whom we contained a very close relationship. Japan is a fascinating culture, and I just may being able to persuade my husband to return for this walk.

Please send a link to your blog if you keep one for both walks.
This was our 2016 Camino: https://www.polarsteps.com/MichaelMatthias/32127-camino-de-santiago
I note that you'll be back to the Camino next year? We're also back to Spain again, looking to leave SJPdP in the first week in May.
 

SSuharya

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances,
SJPP june 2016
Sarria June 2017
Kumano Kodo
Takijiri April 2017
We start out from Tanabe on Saturday 21st, although I think we actually start the walk from Takijiri.
Visits the tourist office at Kii Tanabe, located at the bus station. There you can get trail maps and credential for kumano kodo. It helps to book acomodation ahead of time. Have fun with collecting the stamps
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
Visits the tourist office at Kii Tanabe, located at the bus station. There you can get trail maps and credential for kumano kodo. It helps to book acomodation ahead of time. Have fun with collecting the stamps
Thanks for that
 

Texasguy

And so...we keep on walking ..
Camino(s) past & future
French Dec in 2013
Por 03- 2015
Ingles 11- 2015
French 12- 2016
Invierno Nov 2018
Kumano 2017
Will be heading to Japan in about 10 days to walk one of the Kumano Kodo routes in the Kii mountains. Given that the Kumano Kodo and Spain's Camino are the two Unesco heritage trails I have found out that you can qualify for an award, A "Dual Pilgrim" award, for someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/world-heritage/dual-pilgrim/
I walked it last year. A wonderful experience.
At the end, when you finish the Kumano, the temple, the drum, etc.... it is something that will stay with you forever.

Buen Camino

Texas guy
 

Kathryn1966

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017
Will be heading to Japan in about 10 days to walk one of the Kumano Kodo routes in the Kii mountains. Given that the Kumano Kodo and Spain's Camino are the two Unesco heritage trails I have found out that you can qualify for an award, A "Dual Pilgrim" award, for someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/world-heritage/dual-pilgrim/
I went to the tourist office to pick up the dual passport but they had no idea what I was talking about and even the office where you get your certificate had no idea they need to promote it better and this was in July this year
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
I walked it last year. A wonderful experience.
At the end, when you finish the Kumano, the temple, the drum, etc.... it is something that will stay with you forever.

Buen Camino

Texas guy
Sounds so exciting
 

gollygolly

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Will be heading to Japan in about 10 days to walk one of the Kumano Kodo routes in the Kii mountains. Given that the Kumano Kodo and Spain's Camino are the two Unesco heritage trails I have found out that you can qualify for an award, A "Dual Pilgrim" award, for someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).
http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/world-heritage/dual-pilgrim/
Have a truly uplifting experience along the way, and will be hoping that you will in time write a post on this forum about your experience.

Bon camino !
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
Have a truly uplifting experience along the way, and will be hoping that you will in time write a post on this forum about your experience.

Bon camino !
Thank you, and yes, we’ll post our experiences.
 

NovaSofi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPP - Santiago May/June 2015)
Camino Primitivo & Santiago - Finisterre (June 2018)
How's your trip @Rhysmike? :D I am looking forward to your blog/photos or anything you have to share from your adventure. The kumano-kodo is on my list and I just stumbled upon this post...very exciting to see a discussion on the forum about this unusual Camino. :)
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
How's your trip @Rhysmike? :D I am looking forward to your blog/photos or anything you have to share from your adventure. The kumano-kodo is on my list and I just stumbled upon this post...very exciting to see a discussion on the forum about this unusual Camino. :)
Here is the link to our trip blog:

https://www.polarsteps.com/MichaelMatthias/244879-kumano-kodo-japan

Two learnings: 1. Walking through a typhoon can be a challenge. 2. We walked west to east, through Hongu, and didn't realise until we finished on the east coast that "all paths lead to Hongu" and we should have inquired about the dual pilgrim award in Hongu. Something to think about if you walk in the Kii peninsular.
 

NovaSofi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPP - Santiago May/June 2015)
Camino Primitivo & Santiago - Finisterre (June 2018)
Here is the link to our trip blog:

https://www.polarsteps.com/MichaelMatthias/244879-kumano-kodo-japan

Two learnings: 1. Walking through a typhoon can be a challenge. 2. We walked west to east, through Hongu, and didn't realise until we finished on the east coast that "all paths lead to Hongu" and we should have inquired about the dual pilgrim award in Hongu. Something to think about if you walk in the Kii peninsular.
Hello, thank you so much for the link and those "valuable" :eek::confused: tips!! I haven't really begun researching this camino yet, so please forgive my ignorance in asking if you are saying that you should have walked east to west? Or that literally all the paths kept taking you back to Hongu and it was difficult to stay on the "correct" route? If its in your blog, I'll look there... Thanks much, Sarah
 

Rhysmike

Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean to Santiago (Apr to June 2014); St. Jean to Finisterre (Apr to May 2016); Via Francigena - Lausanne to Rome (Sep to October 2016)
Hello, thank you so much for the link and those "valuable" :eek::confused: tips!! I haven't really begun researching this camino yet, so please forgive my ignorance in asking if you are saying that you should have walked east to west? Or that literally all the paths kept taking you back to Hongu and it was difficult to stay on the "correct" route? If its in your blog, I'll look there... Thanks much, Sarah
Yes, that was a bit confusing. What I meant to indicate was that the Hongu complex and tourist center is in the middle of the peninsular, so whether you start from the west at Kii-Tanabe for example, or from the east in Kii-Katsura, you end up in the middle after two days or so. It's not like the Camino where you end up in Santiago.
 

NovaSofi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPP - Santiago May/June 2015)
Camino Primitivo & Santiago - Finisterre (June 2018)
Yes, that was a bit confusing. What I meant to indicate was that the Hongu complex and tourist center is in the middle of the peninsular, so whether you start from the west at Kii-Tanabe for example, or from the east in Kii-Katsura, you end up in the middle after two days or so. It's not like the Camino where you end up in Santiago.
Ahh. Thank you;)
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
Oh No.......... :eek:

These walks in Japan look awesome!

Just enough to drag me away from Spain for a year :)

What's a good time of year to go?
 

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