CNNGo, Kumano Kodo pilgrimage ranked a one of Japan's 6 must see destination
"Ultimate Japan: 6 must-see destinations" When in Japan, make like a local and headstraight for these "pure Japan" spots"
Text: C.James Dale
Published by: CNNGo
March 6, 2012
Kumano Kodo pilgrimage
Why: It’s a side of Japan not many tourists see. Monks, retired emperors, aristocrats and regular folk have been hiking this pilgrimage route since the Heian period (794-1192).
The Kumano Kodo, on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2004, is a network of well-marked (in both Japanese and English) and well-maintained trails winding through the forests and fields, villages and towns that stretch across the southwestern Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region.
“It’s not like Kyoto or Nara -- it’s a little off the beaten path,” says Brad Towle of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.
“The routes lead to inspiring natural sacred sites, and along the way visitors can find isolated hot springs, delicious cuisine and authentic accommodations.”