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6 Pilgrimages and Walks That Could Change Your Life

6 Pilgrimages and Walks That Could Change Your Life
Text and Photo: Allie Goolrick
Published by: The Weather Channel
May, 2014

Kumano Kodo is featured as one of 6 pilgrimages and walks that could change your life.


"It would be hard not to feel a sense of spiritual reverence when making a journey on Japan’s Kumano Kodo, or "Old Road," an ancient pilgrimage dotted by sacred Buddhist/Shinto temples and shrines. If you pause amidst the trail’s peaceful cedar forests, you may be able to imagine the Japanese imperials and aristocrats who traveled the route thousands of years ago.

Winding its way through the Kii Mountains an hour south of Osaka, the Kumano Kodo is made up of seven trails that connect three grand shrines: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha, according to CNN. Since the 6th century, people have traveled the 190-mile route as part of an important religious and purification rite through what is seen as sacred land."

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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…