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Hiking / Walking Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture other
    This ancient pilgrimage route, also called the Kumano Sankeido, visits the Three Head Kumano Shrines—the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. Starting in ancient times, the Kumano faith grew strong throughout the centuries, and countless people of all classes, from emperors and nobles to samurai and commoners have traveled this pilgrimage route. Due to the heavy rains in the area, the route’s stone paving still remains exposed in some areas, such as Daimon-zaka. A nationally designated Historic Site, a portion is also registered a World Heritage Site as part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
  • Daimon-zaka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    A hill path and part of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage which extends to the sacred Mt. Nachi. Some 600 meters in length, the path, paved with moss-covered stones, passes through a thick forest of cedar trees. The path still strongly bears the marks of the time when it bustled with worshipers of the Kumano faith, who seek enlightenment through penance on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. Daimon means “great gate”—a large gate once stood at the entrance to the path. Points of interest include the 800-year-old “Husband and Wife Cedars” standing across from each other along the path.
  • Koyasan Choishimichi Pilgrimage Route
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama prefecture Ito-gun Kutsuyama-cho, Ito-gun Tsuragi-cho, Takano cho, Ito-gun
    This is the main pilgrimage road to Koyasan from the Jisonin Temple. This road has been revered as the road of faith since Kobo Daishi established Koyasan. Along the path are three -meter tall gorin stupa shaped stone pillars, stone markers (Choisi) every one -cho (approximately 109 meters) apart indicating the distance to Koyasan. Currently, this path has been upgraded into an easily traversable hiking course. Along with being selected as one of Japan’s Top 500 Trails You’ll Want To Walk, it is part of the Nation’s Historic Interest sites the Koyasan Pilgrimage Path, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain range.
  • Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Route
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichoukurisugawa
    This mountain path is one of the Kumano pilgrimage trails leading to Kumano Sanzan, starting from Tanabe town, leading through the Hongu, Shingu, and Nachi shrines. From the Heian through Kamakura periods, famous for the Kumano goko (goko meaning an outing for the retired emperor, the monk emperor and imperial women) the emperor and the nobility repeatedly made this pilgrimage over 100 times. The Nakahechi path is the official pilgrimage path (the Gokodo) with many traditional remains of folklore along the way, including the Prince Takijirioji-jinja Shrine. This Nakahechi route is also considered a popular walking course, and called the golden route.
  • Kawayu Campground Kodama no Sato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Kawayu 1288
    A campground situated along Prefectural Route 241 in Kawayu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City. Located along the Oto River, the campground has gravel and sand auto campsites and grass tent sites. Kawayu Onsen is located nearby; here, you can dig a hole near the river and hot spring waters will flow up from underneath into it, enabling you to create your very own outdoor hot spring bath.
  • Tomo ke Shima Hiking trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kada
  • Fujishiro Zaka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Kainan-shi Fujishiro 466
  • Tomogashima Meguri Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Kada
  • Oishi Kogen Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Kaiso-gun Kiminocho Nakada
  • Ryumonzan Hiking trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Prefecture Kinokawa
  • Yuri Yama Walkway
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Kinokawa Takebusa Hashi River Bed
  • Koyasan Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi
  • Nanakasumiyama Hiking trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama prefecture Hashimoto
  • Kunigisan Hiking trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama prefecture Hashimoto
  • Iwawakisan Hiking trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama prefecture Hashimoto
  • Koyacho Ishimichi Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Ito-gun
  • Shigo Furusato Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho
  • Futa Tsu Torii Hatcho Zaka Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho
  • Kasaishi no Mitani Zaka Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho
  • Yamato Kaido Hiking Trails
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho

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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.

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