Kumano Kodo has been selected as a world heritage site Kumano Kodo has been selected as a world heritage site

Hike along the Kumano Kodo


2019.08.21

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Kumano Kodo has been selected as a world heritage site

Kumano Kodo (熊野古道) is a general term that refers to a network of 4 pilgrimage trails that connect the shrines of Kumano Sanzan together. There are three main Kumano shrines: Hongu Tiasha, Hayatama Taisha, and Nachi Taisha. The trails are located in the southern part of the Kansai region. Pilgrimage routes were created so that people could move easily between the sacrad areas of the Kii-Peninsula.

Aside from that, there are also many other pilgrimage trails that connect different ares such as Ise, Osaka, Wakayama, Koya, and Yoshino. The Iseji route begins at Kumano, where you have the option to move east to get a front-row seat of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then finally you can head all the way to Ise Jingu in the North. Pack some lunch if you're thinking about it.

An old proverb says "Seven times to Ise, three times to Kumano" expresses how often a person was willing to make the trip. How willing are you?

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