After spending the night in Koguchi, the midpoint between the Kogumotori-goe and Ogumotori-goe sections, you'll be back on the road again towards Ukegawa, which is close to Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine. The scenery on this route is different from the Ogumotori-goe trail, and is akin to that of a natural forest, constantly surrounded by cedar and cypress trees. Although there are some steep inclines on this route, on the way you'll come to a place called Hyakken-Gura, which is an amazing viewing spot, and overall Kogumotori-goe is a very enjoyable hiking trail.
This walk can be done in the reverse order as well, and does not have to be done in conjunction with its counterpart Oogumotori-goe.
Note: It is advised that you pack lunch for this hike as there are no stores on the trail!
This accommodation is located at the relay point between the Ogumotori-goe and Kogumotori-goe trails. It features a relaxing bath and many guest rooms to heal the fatigue of mountain trekking. There is also a campground which is particularly popular among visitors.More Info.
Walk around the paved road from the Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie Lodging for about 1 km, cross the bridge over Koguchi-gawa River towards the entrance of the trail. From the foot of the bridge, you can see the remains of the Kowase Ferry.
Take the steps upwards and begin the Kogumotori-goe journey!
Approximately 3 km uphill from Kowase to Sakura-toge Pass is the biggest obstacle of the Kogumotori-goe Section; a 50min long steep slope that requires you to be careful with your footing.
On the way, take a break under the shelter of the Sakura-jaya Teahouse Remains, after which you will finally arrive at the first mountain peak.
Approximately 40 minutes from Sakura-toge Pass, there will be continuing ups and downs, but for the most part the pathway remains relatively easy into the mountains.
After passing Ishido-jaya Teahouse Remains, you will come across the Sai-no-kawara Jizo statue. These were considered to be the guardians of children who passed away before their parents, and protected their spirits from the demons that tried to haunt them. They are seen often on mountain trails as they are considered to be the protectors of travelers as well.
When walking a little past the intersection of the forest trail and asphalt road, you will find yourself at the biggest scenic spot of the Kogumotori-goe trail; Hyakkengura, where the the trees break and the whole expanse of the mountain ranges opens up in front of you.
The mountains continue far off into the distance, and you are treated to an absolute masterpiece of a view.
You'll finish off the walk with a gentle downhill and arrive at Ukegawa, the finish line of the walk. Take the bus from there and head towards the World Heritage Site Kawayu Onsen to rest your body after the day's hike.