Emperors, pilgrims and pleasure seekers have since the 6th-century AD travelled to the Kii Peninsula for a restorative dip in the onshen hot springs at Shirahama, one of which sits behind the town’s spectacular white-sand beach.

Thus fortified, head inland for a guided walk along the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage trail through a typically Japanese woodland of moss-covered wayside Buddhas and huge cypress trees, to the revered Hongu Taisha shrine, with its upswept eves and rustic wood walls.

You can also ride the white-water rapids of the Kumano River on a traditional bamboo raft – one of the most memorable experiences wild Japan has to offer.

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With the world beginning to open up again, now is the time to begin planning your 2021 holiday to Asia. Our Travel Specialists are ready to take your call and discuss the adventure you have spent 2020 dreaming of.

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