Kumano Kodō III

Kumano Kodō, from Hashinmon Oji to Hongu, stop at Yunomine Onsen.

We have been walking parts of the Kumano Kodo for two days and today is 3rd day.

Yunomine Onsen is a quaint World Cultural Heritage onsen village with hot water steaming down the river. Instead of soaking in a over-50 degree bath (obviously you need to add water), we put our feet in the downstream (still over 40 degrees), drinking beer and eating snacks. A simple, nice and relaxing experience.

Kumano Kodo II

Kumano Kodo, from Hashinmon Oji to Kumano Hongu,
7km, 2h

Starting at 3 pm (due to some car problem), which is late and the over-careful tourism office recommend that we take a torch light, we walked through a very beautiful countryside dotted with hamlet and occasional tea plantation.  We greeted some villagers and passed a couple of self-service stands which sell plum pickles and local tea.

We survived even without a torch light.

Kumano Nachi-Taisha

One of the main three shrines in Kumano, Nachi-Taisha, nestled in a dense mountain forest. A very picturesque pagoda was erected in front of the tallest waterfall in Japan (133m).

We arrived around 3 pm and started from Daimon-zaka, walking up to the Nachi Taisha gate. This uphill path, paved with moss-covered stone and lined with massive cedar trees, is part of the Kumano Kodo (pilgrimage route).  History can be felt.  We were happy to see many visitors coming down and only very few walking up.

By the time we got up to the gate of the shrine, there were very few people, maybe because of the rain. We enjoyed the view of the surrounding mountains and the tranquil atmosphere for a while, before heading to the less tranquil waterfall also visited by a noisy Korean bus tour group.

More about the Nachi Taisha Shrine

Kumano Kodo I

A short 3km walk. First along a fascinating coast and then over the Matsumoto Pass to Onigayo. Our first few steps on the famous Kumano Kodō – a UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage site. It’s the only pilgrimage UNESCO site in Asia. The big brother is the Camino de Santiago,  also known as the St. James’s Way or Chemin de Saint Jacques.

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