Kumano kodo pilgrimage trail

Kumano kodo is a network of pilgrimage routes that weave through the mountains straddling Wakayama, Mie, and Nara prefectures. The old trails lead to three shrines collectively known as Kumano Sanzan (Kumano Hon Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha.)

In ancient times, the routes were widely popular and attracted royals and commoners alike. The constant swarm of worshippers was even compared to a procession of marching ants.

Among the six routes of the Kumano Kodo trail, Nakahechi, Oo-hechi, Kohechi, were registered as World Heritage Sites in July 2004. Even today, you can explore these sacred mountain paths viewed in Japan as "power spots," or places full of spiritual energy.

Basic Information

12-4 Mukai, Owase-shi, Mie (Mie Prefecturel Kumano Kodo Center)
0735-42-0735  (Kumano Hongu Tourism Association)
Available in Japanese


  • FromOwase Station (JR Kisei Line)
    From station, take Mie Kotsu Bus (Matsuzaka Kumano route) bound for Sanko Nanki. Alight at Kumano Kodo Center. Walk about 3 minutes  

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