Rural Kumano region

The Kumano Kodo - an introduction

An introduction to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.
Two pilgrims sitting together

Temples and Trails of Shikoku

Shikoku is home to one of the world's best known pilgrimage routes - the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail, with a history that stretches back 1200 years.
Man walking down hallway in yukata

Staying at a Japanese inn

Andy from Oku Japan shows what to expect when staying at a traditional Japanese Minshuku or Ryokan.
Straw hats and walking sticks used by pilgrims

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage Self-Guided - An Introduction

Shikoku 88 Temple self-guided walking tour: one of the world's most iconic hiking journeys.
Local man discussing seasonal vegetables

Sansai - Mountain vegetables

"There are various reasons we eat. Of course one is to feed an empty stomach so that we can live another day. But there's also another reason, which is to nourish our heart." - Chef Hisao Nakahigashi
Founder of Oku Japan explaining luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

Matt from Oku Japan explains about the two options we offer for luggage forwarding while on our self-guided tours.
Lake Tazawa in Nyuto

Japan's seasons

Oku Japan's Matt on Japan's seasons
Owner of Momofuku Minshuku explaining Japanese cuisine

Japanese food

We interview Hideaki Nakazawa from Minshuku Momofuku on the Kumano Kodo about how he prepares food for his guests.
Oku Japan shows you how to wear a yukata

How to wear a yukata

Yumiko from Oku Japan demonstrates how to wear a yukata.
Guest shares his experience on tour

Guests comments

Hear three of our clients talk about their experiences with Oku Japan

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