Which Spirit of Japan tour should I choose?
Both tours suit keen walkers, but the Kohechi tour in May is more challenging than the Nakahechi tour in September. They follow a similar itinerary, but they differ in terms of trail difficulty for getting into the Kumano region. Both tours follow the same pattern on the Nakasendo. Here are the main points of difference on the Kumano Kodo:
The maps above are reproduced with thanks from the Tanabe City Tourism Bureau