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World Heritage Site Pilgrimage routes - Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo (Kumano Old Road) is a road for making a pilgrimage to the Kumano Sanzan, the three holy sites in Kumano: Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha. There are several routes, but the typical ones are the Kii Road (the west route around Kii Peninsula) and the Ise Road (the east route around Kii Peninsula). The Kii Road is the road taken by the Emperor and other nobility from around the middle of the Heian Period (794 to 1192) to the Kamakura Period (1192 to 1333). On the other hand, since the Edo Period, the Ise Road which can be energetically walked along was followed by the general public after completing a pilgrimage to Ise Jingu Shrine. The travelers dressed in pilgrimage outfits passed over several steep crags and looked down on Kumano, the land of their dreams. With its cultural scenery created through the deep relationship between man and nature, it is highly appreciated as having been passed down through the ages in good condition, and in 2004 was designated a World Cultural Heritage site. Of the Kii Peninsula sacred places and pilgrimage routes, we will introduce the typical walking routes in Mie Prefecture.

Magose-pass routes Hadasu-Obuki-pass routes Matsumoto-pass to Hananoiwaya routes

Magose-pass routes

A course through Magose Pass, on the boundary between Kihoku-cho and Owase City. The road continues for about 2 km over old stones covered in moss through beautiful Owase cypress forests. Partway through the course, there are many historical landmarks, such as the Night-Crying Jizo which is made famous in prayers for night crying. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery from Magose Pass to Owase from Mt. Tengura, and enjoy the scenery from the well-known Zou-no-se Crag, and there is a hiking course that continues to Mt. Binshi. Magose Park where you descend from Magose Pass is famous for cherry blossoms.

Hadasu to Obuki-pass routes

Hadasu is said to be where Jofuku, who came from China in search of medicine for eternal youth, landed. Here, the distance is short but the path is covered with giant stones thought to be from the Kamakura Period (1192 to 1333). It is designated as the "Walking road filled with nature and history", and unlike other old roads through cypress or cedar forests, Obuki Pass has beautiful bamboo fields continuing on both sides which you pass through.

Matsumoto-pass to Hananoiwaya routes

Matsumoto Pass connecting Odomari and Kinomoto is located on the mountain side of Onigajo, a natural artwork created by upheavals, wind erosion, and wave action. In the pass surrounded by bamboo fields, there is a Jizo statue which is said to have been attacked with guns. Partway through the course, you can see Shichiri Mihama Shoreline from a plum orchard. From here, the old road becomes the Hama-Kaido Road following the gentle seashore, continuing to Shingu beyond Hana-no-Iwaya. A walk along Shichiri Mihama Shoreline, selected as one of Japan's 100 best beaches, is highly recommended.

To Iseji (Owase)

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