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Kumano Kodo featured in The West Australian

The walk of life in Japan
Text: Bronwyn Brown
Published by: The West Australian
January 10, 2014


“Hidden deep within the Kii Peninsula are a series of ancient pilgrim paths, known collectively as the Kumano Kodo: the Kumano Old Road.
These mountain paths date back to the 10th century and link the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Tanabe and Wakayama to the three grand shrines of Kumano. These three grand shrines - Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha - started out as popular pilgrimage destinations for the imperial family and aristocrats, before gaining popularity with commoners during the 15th century.”
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Kumano Kodo featured in The Japan Times

Communing with nature in Kumano’s land of ancient gods” Text: Alon Adika Published by: The Japan Times January, 2014


“An old tale from Kumano tells of a hunter who was out one day with his dogs when he spotted a large boar. Stretching his bow, he took aim and loosed an arrow deep into the body of the beast. With its last strength, the boar fled and led the hunter to a yew tree at Oyunohara, where it lay down and died. After gorging on its flesh, the hunter fell asleep under the tree, only to waken in the night to see that three moons — which revealed themselves to be manifestations of the three Kumano deities — had descended onto the tree. Those gongen — native gods that merge indigenous beliefs with avatars of Buddhist deities — remain to this day as intrinsic to the verdant mountains of the Kumano region of the Kii Peninsula straddling parts of Mie, Wakayama and Nara prefectures as its rushing rivers, towering waterfalls and magnificent Pacific Ocean coasts. Considered since time immemor…

Trek Magazine features Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.

“Special Treks Sacres// Japon
Kumano Kodo un compostelle Japonais”
Text & Photo: Jean-Marc Porte
Published by Trek Magazine
November, 2013

Kumano Kodo at the 4th World Trails Conference

The 4th World Trails Conference was held in Jeju island Korea on January 15~17, 2014. This conference is organized by the World Trails Network.


The World Trails Conference has established itself as the venue to share up-to-date information and experiences of the world’s trails; and for cooperation and networking for better development and management of trails and inspires people to begin their voyage.

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route was represented by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.



Thank you for inviting us to attend and present at this worthwhile project, and it was a memorable experience to meet so many like minded people from around the globe.