[dropcap size=small]E[/dropcap]xplore the ancient route of Kumano Kodo with walking tour company Walk Japan’s latest Wayfarer self-guided tour, the Kumano Wayfarer. The unescorted hilly path lined with spiritual statues winds through the forest to lead guests to with the Kumano Sanzan, a trio of grand shrines. Kumano Kodo is one of the only two pilgrimages in the world with UNESCO World Heritage status, the other being Spain’s Camino de Santiago.

The seven-day, six-night tour hosts up to six participants and provides accommodation, transport to and from Kyoto and some meals, starting at JPY 180,000 (SG$2,360). For more information, visit www.walkjapan.com/tour/kumano-wayfarer.