The Kumano Kodo is a series of old roads that connect 3 prefectures ( Mie , Nara and Wakayama ) . These sacred trails of more than 1,000 years of history have been used in the past and are still used in the present as pilgrimage routes to three large existing sanctuaries in the region ( Kumano Hongu Taisha , Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha ) . The routes are geographically separated into sub – routes :
” Nakahechi ” , ” Kohechi ” , ” Oohechi ” , ” Iseji, among others ” .
The Kumano Kodo, thus considered “Sacred Ground of the Kii Mountains Region and Pilgrimage Route “, received the honor of being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on July 7, 2004 , which became the place renowned in the world.
Walking through the Kumano Kodo brings an incredible sense of peace of mind .
Much of the history of Japan is on these roads , which still provide a lovely setting for visitors who venture through ancient roads of Kumano .
The images you are seeing are Magose Tōge between Miyama-chō and Owase-shi , part of the route Iseji . A well-known path, made with stones that stretches for 3km to the center of a beautiful cypress forest, a splendid nature all the way .
In 2014, the Kumano Kodo completes 10 years as World Heritage Site , and visit this beautiful place is a great option for leisure and family fun . The Higashi Kishu region offers beautiful scenery all the way and the locals are very kind .
You will find many route entries for the Kumano Kodo in Owase and Kumano , but we suggest you to visit the ” Kumano Kodo Center ” for more detailed information.
Kumano Kodo Center – http://www.kumanokodocenter.com/index.html
Come with your family and get to know this region of Mie, which offers beautiful scenery and lots of Japanese culture and traditions . You will record beautiful souvenir photos .