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Kumano Kodo featured in The Australian Way, Qantas in-flight magazine

“Kumano Kodo”
Text: Alistair Jones
Published by: The Australian Way, Qantas in-flight magazine
August, 2014

In Japan, visiting shrines and temples to make an offering and request a little heavenly intervention is a national pastime with deep cultural roots. High on the list of sacred sites is the Kumano Kodo, a 66km network of ancient pilgrim trails connecting three grand shrines in the densely wooded mountains at the tip of the Kii Peninsula. Here, at the southernmost point on the main island of Honshu, a journey on foot across steep terrain with striking scenery can be as rewarding as reaching the devotional destinations. The Kumano trails snake through tightly packed ranges with hidden valleys, spectacular rock formations and waterfalls. The mysterious Kumano forests could be a portal into Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

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NOTE: In November, 2013 , the Wakayama prefecture government sponsored a press tour for Alistair Jones and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported her during their visit.

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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…