Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails

It's all about the journey: Take a walk along one of the Kumano Kodo's spiritual pilgrimage trails.

The Kumano Kodo is a network of ancient pathways criss-crossing the Kii Mountains at the southern tip of Wakayama Prefecture. For other a thousand years these trails have been used by pilgrims from across Japan as they made the arduous journey to pray at the sacred shrines in the heart of the Kumano Kodo region. The walk itself was an important part of the pilgrimage as people undertook religious rites of worship and purification rituals in the hot springs.   

Today a walk through the Kumano Kodo is a fantastic way to experience rural Japan and connect with the country's spiritual heritage. Historically people from all levels of Japanese society from aristocrats, to samurai warriors, priests and commoners undertook pilgrimages to three shrines of the Kumano Kodo, and today you'll see people of all ages and nationalities reliving the ancestors' footsteps.

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails

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