This is part of the pilgrimage from Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine to Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine. After paying respect to Hama-oji, one of the Kumano Kujuku Oji (one of the branch shrines on the pilgrimage), and walking along Ojigahama Coast with the beautiful view of the Kumano-nada Sea by your side, you will reach the entrance of Koya-zaka Slope. With mossed cobblestones and the ocean that occasionally shows between the trees, this is the famous whaling place called Kujira yamami ato, and is perfect sightseeing route if you only have time for a short trip.
The Kii Main Line runs just in front of the climb, and Ojigahama Coast expands beyond the railroad track. Walk on a well-organized boardwalk and go into the mountain.
Walk approximately 15 minutes from the starting point, the forest breaks, letting you see the beautiful scenery of Ojigahama Coast. On the mountain side, there are three stone monuments built in the middle of the Edo period.
A small Jizo welcomes visitors in the middle of Koya-zaka Slope. As you go into the forest opposite, there is a Kujira Yamami ato (whale mountain trail) where the Gorinto had been built.
"Life with Whales" registered in Japan Heritage. Kujira Yamami ato (whale mountain trail) conveys the whaling culture of Shingu, and there are three of it in the middle of Koya-zaka Slope, one of which has an observation platform and you can enjoy the view of Kumano-nada Sea.More Info.
Towards the end of Koya-zaka Slope, after passing the stone "Chikara Ishi" which is one of the landmarks, you arrive at the beautiful downhill slope covered with moss. The goal will come soon if you come here.
Koya-zaka Slope climb up on the Miwasaki of the idyllic landscape where tiny river flows. It is about 5 minutes on foot from Miwasaki Station on Kii Main Line, and when you leave the mountain path to the port you can see the scenic spot, Suzushima Island, very close.