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Trekking along the Kumano Kodo

The Kumano Kodo trail has been in use for over 1,000 years. Pilgrims began walking the trail before organized religion took effect in Japan. Once the shrines were built, pilgrims arrived from throughout Japan to take part in the spiritual walk around Wakayama. The trail surrounds the Kii Peninsula with optional detours in Mt. Koya and Yoshino. Most modern pilgrims and hikers opt for the main power spots, the three shrines of the Kumano Sanzan. There are many hikes available, ranging from multi-day treks to single-day strolls. The routes and shrines have been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, wrapping everything into the ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Peninsula.’

Trekking along the Kumano Kodo