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Voices: Walk like a pilgrim - hiking the Kumano Kodo

Blog entry about the Kumano Kodo by Lindsay Lafreniere

It’s difficult coming from a country like Canada, only 146 years young, to really understand how extensive the history of some cultures are. While the aboriginal culture of Canada is strong and fascinating, Japan’s lengthy history of traditions and culture is very much a part of everyday life here.



Now ranked as one of favourite places visited in Japan, this past September I hiked the ancient pilgrimage route of the Kumano Kodo, in Wakayama Prefecture. Along paths trodden for over a thousand years, through dense forest, my mother and I hiked.

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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
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