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Kumano featured in “Discovery”, Cathay Pacific in-flight magazine

Kumano featured in “Discovery”, Cathay Pacific in-flight magazine.

“Divine Beauty” 
Text: Daniel Allen
Published by: Cathay Pacific
September 2012

Home to healing springs, sacred waterfalls and paths once walked by emperors, Japan’s ancient pilgrimage route, the Kumano Kodo, is finding its place in the modern world.

In the village of Yunomine, famous for its Tsuboyu bath, it’s not unusual to find villagers and tourists cooking eggs in the hot springs. Here, in the heart of Japan’s Kumano region, hydrothermal water not only soothes tired muscles but exemplifies the strong bond between man and nature that has long existed across this lush landscape of forest, river and mountain peak.

Extending over the lower reaches of Honshu’s Kii Peninsula, south of the cities of Osaka and Kyoto, Kumano has been held sacred for thousands of years. Most Japanese consider it the birthplace of the nation’s culture and spirituality. Widely referred to as Japan’s “Abode of the Gods”, the region’s three grand shrines – Kumano Hongū Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha – are the focal points of worship.


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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…