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Kumano Kodo featured in j Style

Kumano Kodo featured in j Style

“Kii Peninsula, A pilgrimage into the past” Text by: Anne Phillips Published by: j Style Special Edition 2013/14 More Kumano Kodo >>

CNN Travel: World's best unknown hike: Japan's Kumano Kodo

CNN Travel: World's best unknown hike: Japan's Kumano Kodo

World's best unknown hike: Japan's Kumano Kodo
Text: Hiufu Wong Published by CNN Travel May 08, 2013



I knew I was going to have to climb 538 stairs to get to Kamikura Shrine in Wakayama, Japan.
What I didn't know was that those steps -- leading to the lofty highlight of my Kumano Kodo pilgrimage -- would be on a 70-degree incline.
Ever tried climbing a rock face? Or the roof an A-frame house?
Run a rolling pin over your calves a few times and you'll get an idea of what I was looking at.
Already exhausted from hiking Kumano Kodo's ancient trails in the Kii Mountains -- the route starts about an hour by train from Osaka -- the only things pushing me upward were the encouraging smiles from a grandpa, a girl wearing a long maxi-dress and salarymen in stiff shirts and dress pants who walked past me as if they were taking a stroll to the grocery store. So, was that uphill torture worth it? Of course -- what great …

Wakayama Presentation in Australia

Wakayama Presentation in Australia

On May 7 a delegation from Wakayama held an informational seminar in Sydney, Australia. The theme was World Heritage and food. Among the presentations were a keynote speech by Mr. Nisaka, the governor of Wakayama.

Brad Towle, the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, gave a 35 minute presentation on the sacred Kumano region; an outline of the sites and introduction to the tourism infrastructure for international guests.

The information about the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes was well received with interest from various media outlets and tour operators. 

Visitors from Australia to Kumano are increasing dramatically and we are very happy to host them to our rural community.

Thank you to all that attended this seminar and reception.  We were very happy to meet with you.

La Razon Spanish Newspaper features Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo featured in Kansai Scene

Kumano Kodo featured in Kansai Scene

"Paths to Peace" Looking to explore Japan from a different angle? Set aside some time and set out on a pilgrimage... Text: Justine Lane Published by Kansai Scene Magazine May 1, 2013

"While the word may conjure up images to the contrary, you don’t have to be robed, or even religious, to undertake a pilgrimage. Every year, millions of people visit sacred sites around the world – and they do so for a variety of reasons. A pilgrimage may, as is often the case in Japan, be an important part of someone’s religion. It may be under-taken for personal spiritual reasons. Some people are just interested in the travel aspects. Whatever your reason, a pilgrimage is a great way to experience the customs, history and culture of a place. There are two main types of pilgrim-age in this country. One involves visit-ing a number of holy spots, often, but not necessarily, in order. The other is a journey to one particular holy place – for example, the three gr…