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World Heritage "Kumano Kodo" Ogumotori-goe Section

The Most Difficult Part of Kumano Kodo Nakahechi route

From Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine via Koya-zaka Slope to Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, the ancient pilgrims took another route via Mt. Myohozan, a 27-km mountain path to Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine. The route is called the Ogumotori-goe Section and the Kogumotori-goe Section. After a number of mountain passes, which may weary pilgrims who did not have enough physical strength, they would arrive at Waroda-ishi Rock. From here, the midpoint of the Kogumotori-goe Section, Koguchi, is just around the corner.

Starts from Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine

Worship Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, one of Kumano Sanzan, and Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple, the first temple among Kansai 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, then climb the stone steps to Nachi Plateau.

Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes on foot

Break at Funami-toge Pass

It is the first pass after climbing a steep uphill for about 70 minutes past the Nachi plateau. A spectacular view of Kumano-nada Sea spreads over the mountains and you can see Nachi Bay.

Approx. 70 minutes on foot

Break well at the Jizo-jaya Teahouse Remains

A resting place to arrive at when you leave forest road to asphalt road and go down about 1.3 km.

Approx. 50 minutes on foot

Preparing for the final difficulties at Echizen-toge Pass

It is the third pass which arrives over the Ishikura-toge Pass, going along a characteristic old road such as sidewalk along the stream and stone pavement on the ascending. Take a break here and prepare for a sudden descending "Dokirizaka" that lasts about 2.4 km.

Approx. 50 minutes on foot

Majestic landscape of Kusu-no-Kubo Lodging Remains

It is the ryokan ruins, if you get over the most difficult part, Dokirizaka. Upon coming so far, you will only go down a gentle slope to Koguchi.

Approx. 25 minutes on foot

Healing and spiritual Waroda-ishi Rock.

A great rock with a tradition that the gods of Kumano sat in the circle and chatted. Sanskrit stands on the rocks, a spot that symbolizes sanctity of Ogumotori-goe Section.

Approx. 25 minutes on foot

Arrive at Koguchi.

A settlement of Koguchi lines along the Akagi-gawa River running through the mountains. Minshuku "Momofuku" and "Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie Lodging" would heal your tiredness.