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Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

The sacred sites – Kumano Sanzan (the three grand shrines of Kumano) and Koya-san (mountain) in Wakayama prefecture are linked by six pilgrimage routes including Kumano Kodo and reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism. Kumano Kodo, set in dense forests and is the perfect place to visit for ritual purposes and hiking. It is one of the only two pilgrimage routes that are designated as World Heritage sites.

In Koya-san, there are 117 temples and 52 of them offer a Shukubo (temple lodging) experience, which gives you the opportunity to ‘feel’ Buddhism, or give you a simple feeling of gratitude.
Koya-san can be accessed by train or bus. As for the access to Kumano Kodo, it is by local bus.

*incl. part of Nara and Mie prefecture

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