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Starting to plan and need a guidebook to the Kumano kodo routes

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BobM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
I am starting to plan one of the Kumano Kodo routes (1 week approx.) for maybe the northern autumn this year or spring in 2021. I have found the following guides and would like some help making a choice.
Hans Beumer guide
Kat Davis guide
Official guide

Best wishes
Bob M
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
None of them are really necessary. I have walked the Nakahechi and Kohechi routes just using the leaflet guides that the Kumano Travel website offer as pdf files and which you can pick up in print versions for free in Kii-Tanabe or Koyasan. Between those and the Kumano Travel website there is all the practical information that I needed.
 

BobM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
None of them are really necessary. I have walked the Nakahechi and Kohechi routes just using the leaflet guides that the Kumano Travel website offer as pdf files and which you can pick up in print versions for free in Kii-Tanabe or Koyasan. Between those and the Kumano Travel website there is all the practical information that I needed.
That's helpful. The main thing I need are the routes and preferably GPX files where possible so I can plan my stages.

BTW, changing the subject completely, as an antediluvian familiar with Japan you may like The Great Wave.

Bob M
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Complete map booklet links for 3 of the routes on this page. And a gpx track for the Nakahechi which is the most popular route.
 

BobM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
V Frances; V Podensis; V Francigena; V Portugues; V Francigena del Sud; Jakobsweg. Jaffa - Jerusalem
Complete map booklet links for 3 of the routes on this page. And a gpx track for the Nakahechi which is the most popular route.
Well done! The Complete Map Booklet weblink is exactly what I need. Japanese certainly know how to plan - possibly a manifestation of their desire to be helpful to pilgrims. Happy thoughts are winging your way.
Now all I need to do is (a) learn enough Japanese language and culture to be polite, and (b) practice my temple rituals. Simple!

Bob M
 
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GingerHaddad

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September (2018)
I am starting to plan one of the Kumano Kodo routes (1 week approx.) for maybe the northern autumn this year or spring in 2021. I have found the following guides and would like some help making a choice.
Hans Beumer guide
Kat Davis guide
Official guide

Best wishes
Bob M
Find Kat Davis’ blog page or search for her on this forum. She wrote a very complete guidebook to that pilgrimage published by Cicerone publishers.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
I am starting to plan one of the Kumano Kodo routes (1 week approx.) for maybe the northern autumn this year or spring in 2021. I have found the following guides and would like some help making a choice.
Hans Beumer guide
Kat Davis guide
Official guide

Best wishes
Bob M
I have Kat's guidebook. I'm not an 'app' traveller/walker & still like a good ol' fashioned book. I use the paper version at home during planning & have the 'e' version on my phone for the trail.
I'm aiming to do the KK Aug/Sept 2021; not an ideal time of year but as I'll also attempt ascending Mt Fuji, my dates are based on the climbing season.
In the meantime, Israel awaits May-June... 🤗
Happy planning Bob. Will you be adding the Way of 88 Temples to your trip?
👣 🌏
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Complete map booklet links for 3 of the routes on this page. And a gpx track for the Nakahechi which is the most popular route.
Well, darn. I have to chose between reaction emojis for this post, when I just want to do this:
♥ 🙏
Wonderful. Bookmarked.
Thank you @Bradypus !
Some day this will happen for me.........
 

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