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Kumano Kodo Daimonzaka



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Travel hiking trails dating back to the Heian period

Nachi-Katsuura Tourism Organization




Daimonzaka is part of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route, which, along with Oku-no-Hosomichi (Tohoku-Chubu) and Nakasendo (Shinshu-Chubu), is one of Japan’s three major ancient roads. The old-world atmosphere still lingers on this evocative path, and as you climb up the cobbled stone steps, you can almost hear the whispers of the ancient pilgrims. At the entrance of Daimonzaka, two 800-year-old giant trees called Meoto Sugi (Husband and Wife Cedars) welcome you. These are sacred cedars, and you can truly feel the powerful energy surrounding them. Kumano Kodo is a World Heritages Site, and a hike up the easy-to-walk path of Daimonzaka is the best way to discover all its charm. You can also try on Heian costumes at the Daimonzaka Tea House, located halfway up Daimonzaka Hill.



How to get there


Approximately 4 hours from Shin-Osaka by JR limited express and 20 minutes by bus from Kii-Katsuura Station


Ichinono, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama-ken


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