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Nakahechi Community Seminar

On March 6, 2014 the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau held an evening community seminar in Chikatsuyu village, along the World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.



The meeting was attended by about 30 residents of the area.

The focus of the meeting was to discuss issues, problems, and solutions relating to tourism in the area, especially international tourism.

There were positive, passionate exchanges reflecting the welcoming atmosphere to visitors from around the globe in the region.

These community seminars and exchanges are a vital part of our vision to create a sustainable community-based tourist destination open to the world.

Thank you to all who attended.

Voices: Japan - Trekking the Kumano Kodo

Blog entry about the Kumano Kodo by Bertrand



Following his Enlightenment, Buddha (6th-5th century BCE) is reputed to have travelled during 45 years in northern India and southern Nepal to disseminate the outcome of his decades-long meditation to a variety of audiences. He advocated for the Middle Way – a path of moderation between self-indulgence and self-mortification leading to the supreme liberation or Nirvana. There is little doubt that Buddha trekked a lot in the latter part of his life, thanks also to his strong physical condition.

Buddhist pilgrimages were historically common and popular in Japan. Although pilgrimage routes are nowadays less frequented, their religious legacy remains deeply engrained into Japan’ contemporary culture, as illustrated by the pilgrimage across Okunoin cementary to the resting place of Kobo Daishi Kukai in Koya San.

From Koya San, I could have trekked southward across the Kii Mountain Range to reach Hongu area. The 70km-long Kohechi trail represent…