Yunomine Onsen - Kumano Hongu Loop

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Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan

Yunomine Onsen - Kumano Hongu Loop is a 11.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 11.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,021 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


hot springs


historic site

NOTE: Typhoon Cimaron destroyed parts of the trail. The full trail is set to reopen in Summer 2019. In the meantime, it may be possible to complete this trail using short-term detours. For more information: This is a long loop trail that includes part of the UNESCO Komodo Kodo trail. Trail is heavily marked and in great condition.

4 months ago

Hiked 1/26/2020 Great loop trail but there are some issues. Positives: shaded trail, support the villagers buying cool stuff like tea on the honor pay system. Saw some old Japanese villages. Trail very peaceful and secluded. At the end enjoy a personal or public hot spring for less than $6. Cool heights and awesome Buddhist relics and tombs. Cool pilgrimage narrative. Negatives: Started at Hongu shrine at 11:30. Plan to get there earlier. trail closed at Hossinmom oji without any transportation back in afternoon. Last bus left for Shingu at 7:09 pm. Possibly could get stranded. No signal much of the way.

5 months ago

Great long day hike. Amazing history in the walk with shrines and temples all over the place. Very well marked and easy to follow. Very well maintained. A small section was closed but detour was clearly marked. It added about .4 miles to the journey. We finished in about 5 hours - we weren’t sprinting, but we weren’t lolligagging either. Probably a good idea to visit the local onsen when finished.

Incredible! Well worth the effort. Do it early morning to avoid the crowds.

7 months ago

wonderful trail in the woods, up and down hills and creeks and rivers, crossing shrines and temples. special mix of nature and spirit. highly recommended

Mon May 27 2019

It was not easy, but worth! With all photoshoot’s and 28-30’ C we did it in 7 hours. The last section between Hongu and Yunomine Onsen was hardest: steep up and steep down. Try it!!!

Thu Apr 04 2019

This loop includes three Hongu area paths that form a loop on the Kumano Kodo. I started and ended at Younomine Onsen and did the loop clockwise. The first section was Akagi-goe, which is officially closed following a very nasty typhoon that washed out two bridges. Perhaps it is because the goal is to re-open this section in Summer 2019 or because of the very high quality control of Japanese hikers/pilgrims, the trail seemed in better condition than many US mountain trails with the exception of one washed out bridge that required scrambling up a short but steep creek bank. This obstacle is approximately 600 meters south and west from Funatama-jinja (33•51’11 N; 135•42’54 E), which is right where Akagi-goe becomes the route between Hosshinmom-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha. At the change in trails, you’ll find another hugely washed out bridge, but a temporary and sturdy bridge has been built. This second leg is quite leisurely. Make sure to take the detour loop between markers 73 and 74 for a great preview of the Oyunohara Torii gate. The final leg from Kumano Hongu Taisha up the Dainichi-goe route is the shortest but has the steepest climb up and down a mountain pass. Over all, the loop is moderate in difficulty. The short scramble at the first washed out bridge on Akagi-goe and final ascent up Dainichi-goe might be why this hike is rated “hard.”

Mon Mar 25 2019

bridge out
off trail
washed out
Sun Mar 17 2019

Wed Jul 11 2018


Wed Apr 18 2018

Kumano Kodo is partner with Camino de Santiago. This was a great lifetime experience for both of us, spiritually and physically. The hike gave us opportunities to meet people from different countries, sharing stories from east to west. The Onsen was awesome, great foods, and of course very respectful and sincere Japanese folks from all over Japan!

Wed Apr 17 2019

Mon Apr 08 2019

Sat Nov 03 2018

Fri Apr 06 2018

Wed Dec 20 2017

Sat Nov 25 2017

recorded Kumamano Hongu Loop

Sun Nov 19 2017

Sat May 14 2016