Walking Japan's Kumano Kodō: The Ancient UNESCO Pilgrimage Trail with Kana Hattori

Walking Japan's Kumano Kodō: The Ancient UNESCO Pilgrimage Trail with Kana Hattori


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The Kumano Kodō is a more than 1000-year-old ancient pilgrimage trail in Japan, where people from all walks of life – imperial families, aristocrats, shoguns, samurais, and commoners – walked for spiritual cleansing and virtual rebirth. Today, the ancient trails are a registered UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. In this seminar led by an expert guide who walked the trail more than 40 times, we will virtually walk the trail and discover the beautiful history, culture, and life in Kumano.
Interested in walking the Nakasendo trail? Check out Kana's additional walking seminar Walking Japan's Historic Nakasendo: From Village to Village.
Walking mountain trails in Japan is one of the best ways to see "real" Japan, and together we will discover the unique, beautiful history and culture of Kumano doing this virtual walk. There are five routes for the Kumano Kodō, with the route that the Imperial family once walked (Nakahechi) as the most frequented. We will also take this route. We will visit the Kumano Sanzan, the 3 Grand Shrines of Kumano, walking from village to village. Yamabushi Shugendo, a Buddhist monk will join us for one section of the walk. We will also virtually experience Japanese traditional accommodation, wearing yukata cotton kimono for dinner, taking an onsen (hot spring bath), and sleeping on a futon.
Led by an expert guide who walked the trail more than 40 times, Kana Hattori, this interactive seminar will take you to a virtual walk of Kumano Kodō. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding and appreciation of Japanese traditions, history, philosophy, culture, and life found on the Kumano Kodō trail, without the blisters or aches.

Kana is a qualified tea master of Urasenke Tea Ceremony School and is an experienced national-licensed guide. She holds a BA in English from Doshisha University, Kyoto, and another BA in Japanese Classical and Traditional Arts from Kyoto University of Arts and Design. She enjoys playing the shamisen, a 3-stringed traditional music instrument that geisha ladies also play, and also performing Noh, 650-year-old Japanese classical theater. The Zen philosophy—to live in the moment—has always been a core tenet of her life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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S.M. (New York, US)
Walking Japan with Kana Hattori

What a lovely lovely seminar. Great details and explanations. I highly recommend!

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Melanie Z (Ottawa, CA)

Ms. Hattori’s presentation was informative and included all the detail and images to really understand the history, beauty and challenges of the trail. Her enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge added to the experience too. It my first lecture of this kind and I will definitely choose to attend more.

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S. (Bend, US)
Insightful Info!

I enjoyed Kana's enthusiastic sharing of the experience walking the Kumano Kodo trail. She is clearly an expert in the area and offered helpful tips in planning a trip.

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A.K. (Sacramento, US)
Outstanding Presentation!

My sister and I are starting to think about a 2023 trip to Japan, and this provided a perfect introduction to the Kumano Kodo. Kana is an entertaining and engaging speaker, and she provided many useful and practical details in her talk. The presentation was very well-organized, and she kept us oriented with maps and elevation graphs. We got a great feel for what it would be like to hike the Kumano Kodo. If possible, we'd love to do it with Kana as our tour guide!

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Paula F. (Norwalk, US)
I feel refreshed!

Loved the travel experience tonight, including the details about trains, stations, topography maps, silent videos, hotel room and food pictures, and the rest. I have walked on another pilgrimage trail in Japan, and this presentation made me relive that spectacular time, as well as become informed about this pilgrimage route, which I'd love to see in person. It was so enjoyable to experience a new place in this way, and I look forward to doing more context travel. Kana’s level of detail and positive vibe were just right. Thanks very much.

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
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S.M. (New York, US)
Walking Japan with Kana Hattori

What a lovely lovely seminar. Great details and explanations. I highly recommend!

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Melanie Z (Ottawa, CA)

Ms. Hattori’s presentation was informative and included all the detail and images to really understand the history, beauty and challenges of the trail. Her enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge added to the experience too. It my first lecture of this kind and I will definitely choose to attend more.

S
S. (Bend, US)
Insightful Info!

I enjoyed Kana's enthusiastic sharing of the experience walking the Kumano Kodo trail. She is clearly an expert in the area and offered helpful tips in planning a trip.

A
A.K. (Sacramento, US)
Outstanding Presentation!

My sister and I are starting to think about a 2023 trip to Japan, and this provided a perfect introduction to the Kumano Kodo. Kana is an entertaining and engaging speaker, and she provided many useful and practical details in her talk. The presentation was very well-organized, and she kept us oriented with maps and elevation graphs. We got a great feel for what it would be like to hike the Kumano Kodo. If possible, we'd love to do it with Kana as our tour guide!

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Paula F. (Norwalk, US)
I feel refreshed!

Loved the travel experience tonight, including the details about trains, stations, topography maps, silent videos, hotel room and food pictures, and the rest. I have walked on another pilgrimage trail in Japan, and this presentation made me relive that spectacular time, as well as become informed about this pilgrimage route, which I'd love to see in person. It was so enjoyable to experience a new place in this way, and I look forward to doing more context travel. Kana’s level of detail and positive vibe were just right. Thanks very much.