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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Kohechi Route Survey Hike

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage “Kohechi route” survey hike was held for 4 days from October 28th, as a part of the bilateral Kumano Kodo promotion project between Tanabe city and Totsukawa-mura village of Nara prefecture. The goal of this project was to experience firsthand the pilgrimage route and assess the infrastructure along the way.

The Kohechi route is located in the middle of the Kii peninsula and connects Koyasan and Kumano Hongu Taisha. It is approximately 70 kilometers long and runs over three challenging high mountainous passes of ~1000 meters in elevation. It is not a technical route but is a demanding walk and should be only attempted by those with experience walking in a mountainous environment.

We started from Kongoubuchi temple in Koyasan and walked 56kms through Nosegawa-mura village, Totsukawa-mura village onto our final destination, Kumano Hongu Taisha.

After walking this demanding route we were able to recharge during the evening with Onsen and delicious meals made with authentic, fresh ingredients from the mountains.

The mountains fall colors were at its peak and we were very fortunate to be able to enjoy panoramic views of Kumano’s changing seasons.

We heard the cries of Japanese deer from afar and discovered watering holes of wild bore. It was certainly something special and extraordinary to experience this natural environment so intimately. Historical remains are also attractions along the Kohechi route.

Upon completing our pilgrimage at Kumano Hongu Taisha, we were filled with grateful feelings that we could finish the hike safely. And at the same time we felt ourselves light and purified.

Kumano has been believed as a sacred land for dead/pilgrims to be reborn/revived anew since prehistoric times. In a way we experienced the feeling of being reborn through the walking process. We would love to have more visitors walk in Kumano to feel the history and nature of this spiritual region.

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…