Kumano Kodo Magose Pass 熊野古道 - 馬越峠
A lush green section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail
Located in the Kii Mountains near the coast in southern Mie , the Magose Pass is a great place to get a taste of the Kumano Kodo. The Kumano Kodo is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites and a major pilgrimage route, bringing pilgrims to the sacred mountains of Wakayama from Kyoto, Osaka, Ise and other major areas all over Japan for over a thousand years.
- Hiking a section of an important UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage route
- The fabulous view from Mt. Tengura
- Cherry blossoms in the spring at nearby Magose Park
How to Get There
Reach the trail leading over the Magose Pass from either Owase or Aiga Stations along the JR Kisei Main Line.
From either of the stations you'll take a bus and get off at the Washige stop, then walk about 10 minutes to the southern end of the pass. If you're driving, you can find parking at the Miyama Michi-no-Eki rest area.
Follow in the footsteps of Buddhist pilgrims
Magose Pass lies along the Kumano Kodo's Ise Route. A relatively easy hike covering about five kilometers of the trail brings you over the pass and through gorgeous natural scenery before descending towards Owase Station. Most travelers comfortably complete the hike in about two and a half hours.
Out in the woods, you'll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Japan's cities. You'll frequently encounter stone statues of Jizo along the way, a Buddhist deity who serves as the guardian of children, particularly of those who've passed away before their parents. He's also a protector of travelers.
A summit view
North and south of the Magose Pass are stone-paved sections that add to the trail's historic feel. From the top of the pass, a path leads up to the summit of Mt. Tengura. Once at the top, you'll get a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside and the Pacific Ocean. To return to the pilgrimage route, just backtrack on the same path down to Magose Pass.
Pretty in pink
If you're visiting during cherry blossom season, don't miss the gorgeous scenery at Magose Park. It's about 20 minutes south of Magose Pass along the pilgrimage route.