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meye1099

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Frances (2013, 2016, Aug. 2020), Del Norte (2018), Primitivo (2018), Nakahechi (Apr. 2020)
Hi, everyone! My husband and I are spending five days and six nights walking the Nakahechi trail in April 2020. We booked our accommodations through the Tanabe Tourism website.

Does anyone have any advice or experience with luggage storage while you are walking the Kumano Kodo? We are in Japan for two weeks, so we will have some extra luggage that we would like to store for our duration on the Nakahechi trail instead of transferring everything each day on the trail.

Also, I have heard that many or all of the accommodations along the Nakahechi supply basic toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shampoo/conditioner, etc, so there's really no need to pack much for toiletries along the trail. Has this been anyone's experience?
 
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Tassie Kaz

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2019
Hi, everyone! My husband and I are spending five days and six nights walking the Nakahechi trail in April 2020. We booked our accommodations through the Tanabe Tourism website.

Does anyone have any advice or experience with luggage storage while you are walking the Kumano Kodo? We are in Japan for two weeks, so we will have some extra luggage that we would like to store for our duration on the Nakahechi trail instead of transferring everything each day on the trail.

Also, I have heard that many or all of the accommodations along the Nakahechi supply basic toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shampoo/conditioner, etc, so there's really no need to pack much for toiletries along the trail. Has this been anyone's experience?
@Bradypus has walked the Nakahechi trail. If he doesn't pick up this thread, you could PM him...he may be able to assist.
Gambatte!
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Bradypus

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@Bradypus has walked the Nakahechi trail. If he doesn't pick up this thread, you could PM him...he may be able to assist.
Gambatte!
👣 🌏
I have seen the thread but I didn't use luggage storage and so have no first hand experience to offer. I know that it is possible to store luggage in Kii-Tanabe and the tourist board website has some information. I think the Facebook Kumano Kodo planning group would be a good place to ask as at least one active member works with the tourist board.

http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/kumano-travel/travel-support-center/#luggage-storage

 

meye1099

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I have seen the thread but I didn't use luggage storage and so have no first hand experience to offer. I know that it is possible to store luggage in Kii-Tanabe and the tourist board website has some information. I think the Facebook Kumano Kodo planning group would be a good place to ask as at least one active member works with the tourist board.

http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/kumano-travel/travel-support-center/#luggage-storage


Thanks! I don't have Facebook, but that is good advice for people who do.
 

Tassie Kaz

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2019
I have seen the thread but I didn't use luggage storage and so have no first hand experience to offer. I know that it is possible to store luggage in Kii-Tanabe and the tourist board website has some information. I think the Facebook Kumano Kodo planning group would be a good place to ask as at least one active member works with the tourist board.

http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/kumano-travel/travel-support-center/#luggage-storage

I did doubt you may have needed luggage storage @Bradypus but thought you may have some insight on the accom part of the query. I also have ulterior motives as the Kumano Kodo is on my agenda for 2021! (2020 trip plans already in place) 😁
 
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Tassie Kaz

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2019
Hi, everyone! My husband and I are spending five days and six nights walking the Nakahechi trail in April 2020. We booked our accommodations through the Tanabe Tourism website.

Does anyone have any advice or experience with luggage storage while you are walking the Kumano Kodo? We are in Japan for two weeks, so we will have some extra luggage that we would like to store for our duration on the Nakahechi trail instead of transferring everything each day on the trail.

Also, I have heard that many or all of the accommodations along the Nakahechi supply basic toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shampoo/conditioner, etc, so there's really no need to pack much for toiletries along the trail. Has this been anyone's experience?
For what personal amenities the accom may provide, I can only write of my experience on Shikoku (Way of 88 Temples) & other parts of Japan in 2017. In that case, it depended on the type of accom & the bathroom situation (ie private bathroom or shared incl possibly a co-ordinated time to have a bath). You can expect soap &/or shampoo to be provided but I wouldn't rely on other items. One ryoken I stayed at on Shikoku provided a very choked hairbrush 😣 for communal use 😯 ...I passed! 😄
For luggage storage you could try train stations. I've used lockers for multiple days at a time in Osaka. Major hubs your best bet but worth investigating.
Happy trails...I'd be interested to hear of your experiences & thoughts on the trail when the time comes.
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PS. I don't do Facebook either!
 
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Bradypus

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You can be pretty sure that you will find towels and soap and shampoo provided even by the smallest of minshuku. Not so sure about conditioner. But things like toothbrushes, toothpaste and razors are hit-and-miss. Some will offer them, others not. More common in the larger ryokans and western style hotels. Better to carry your own and they really add very little weight or bulk to your pack anyway.

@kazrobbo I'm very happy to chat about the Kumano Kodo anytime. The Nakahechi or the Kohechi. But perhaps we had better do that in a private conversation and not hijack the thread even further ;) :cool:
 

MaineSally

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Cam Frances SJPDP to Santiago ('17): Finisterre ('17); Muxia ('17): Camino Portuguese ('19)
If you google Following the Arrows you will be introduced to Kat Davis who just finished the ride. Although she was self supported she is well versed on the needs of those traveling it and likely has recommendations! Photos/blog of her journey were great fun to follow. Wishing you a spectacular time!
 

meye1099

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For what personal amenities the accom may provide, I can only write of my experience on Shikoku (Way of 88 Temples) & other parts of Japan in 2017. In that case, it depended on the type of accom & the bathroom situation (ie private bathroom or shared incl possibly a co-ordinated time to have a bath). You can expect soap &/or shampoo to be provided but I wouldn't rely on other items. One ryoken I stayed at on Shikoku provided a very choked hairbrush 😣 for communal use 😯 ...I passed! 😄
For luggage storage you could try train stations. I've used lockers for multiple days at a time in Osaka. Major hubs your best bet but worth investigating.
Happy trails...I'd be interested to hear of your experiences & thoughts on the trail when the time comes.
👣 🌏
PS. I don't do Facebook either!

Thanks! I'll look into both the Osaka and Kii-Tanabe luggage storage options suggested.

I wouldn't have used a communal hairbrush either, ha. And I'll be sure to follow-up after the trip on our experience!
 

meye1099

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Frances (2013, 2016, Aug. 2020), Del Norte (2018), Primitivo (2018), Nakahechi (Apr. 2020)
You can be pretty sure that you will find towels and soap and shampoo provided even by the smallest of minshuku. Not so sure about conditioner. But things like toothbrushes, toothpaste and razors are hit-and-miss. Some will offer them, others not. More common in the larger ryokans and western style hotels. Better to carry your own and they really add very little weight or bulk to your pack anyway.

@kazrobbo I'm very happy to chat about the Kumano Kodo anytime. The Nakahechi or the Kohechi. But perhaps we had better do that in a private conversation and not hijack the thread even further ;) :cool:

Thanks! I suspected that would be the case but it is nice to have it confirmed so I know what to pack and not add unnecessary weight.
 
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meye1099

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Frances (2013, 2016, Aug. 2020), Del Norte (2018), Primitivo (2018), Nakahechi (Apr. 2020)
If you google Following the Arrows you will be introduced to Kat Davis who just finished the ride. Although she was self supported she is well versed on the needs of those traveling it and likely has recommendations! Photos/blog of her journey were great fun to follow. Wishing you a spectacular time!
Thank you! I'll check it out!
 

Tassie Kaz

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
If you google Following the Arrows you will be introduced to Kat Davis who just finished the ride. Although she was self supported she is well versed on the needs of those traveling it and likely has recommendations! Photos/blog of her journey were great fun to follow. Wishing you a spectacular time!
I second Kat Davis as a wonderful resource. She has also written a guidebook to the Kumano Kodo published by Cicerone.
My copy should arrive in the mail any day now. 😊
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JeanFremantle

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None but long sections long distance trails- Lycian Way and Bibbmulum Track.
“Way of St Francis”
It’s a fabulous walk- done it twice with bookings all done through the Tenabe Tourism Office. First time we left main luggage back in Tokyo and had just decent day pack. Next time we used the luggage shuttle which was efficient and cheap but I also see there’s luggage storage-

 

Chizuru

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I haven't done that walk yet but I have traveled quite a lot in Japan. The Japanese all use a system called the Takkyubin which is a really safe and efficient luggage transport system. One of the most familiar ones is called Yamato, but many call it Kuro Neko which means black cat because the vans have the black cat emblem on them. They will pick up your luggage and send it to your next destination. Hotels and airports are very used to getting these deliveries and will store your bags until you arrive which will be stated on your form and could be weeks later. The forms are all in Japanese, though, and can be confusing to fill out but a Google search can often come up with a sample of how to fill one out. In terms of what is provided in Japanese accommodation, there will always be the shampoo and soap in the bathhouse and I have always found conditioner. In fancier onsens and Ryokans you will also find a large range of luxury stuff to try and buy at the counter after if you like it! Take your own razor and toothbrush though. We also bring our own chopsticks in a carry box which saves on using disposables but they will also be provided if you don't want to carry them. Most places usually also provide Japanese pyjamas called yukatas. Have fun. Japan is a wonderful and very safe place to visit.
 
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Tassie Kaz

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Absolutely! I have never been more generously welcomed or felt safer as a pilgrim/tourist than I have done in my two visits to Japan.
I agree too. 😊 As a solo female walker/traveller, I experienced a level of personal safety in Japan I have not felt anywhere else in the world...including my home country.
Gambatte!
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