Kumano Kodo Kohechi Pilgrimage Route

Experience the ancient pilgrimage route and see the stone images of Buddha, Jizo, remains of a tea house among others as you walk along the stone paving

Experience the ancient pilgrimage route and see the stone images of Buddha, Jizo, remains of a tea house among others as you walk along the stone paving

This “small road”, part of the ancient Kumano Kodo network of pilgrimage routes, cuts through Totsukawa and the center of the Kii Peninsula to connect the mountain-top temple complex of Koyasan in the North West with the sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines in the South. Known as “”the mountainous route to Kumano””, the 70 km route is characterized by steep trails traversing passes over 1000 meters in elevation. In Totsukawa, the route leads through the picturesque mountain village of Hatenashi, known as “sky village”, for its high elevation. The stone path through the village is lined with small Buddhist statues and wells with fresh drinking water.

The Hatenashi village that you will pass on the way is chosen as one of “”Japan’s 100 villages””. It overlooks the Kii Mountains, receiving the name “”hometown of the heavens”” for its beauty.

Information

Address
Kuwahata, Totsukawa Village, Yoshino-gun, Nara, 637-1556 (Hatenashi)
Access
250-minute bus ride from Yamato-Yagi Station.
190-minute bus ride from Gojo Station.
120-minute bus ride from Shingu Station
5-minute car ride from Totsukawa Onsen.
Phone
0746-62-0004 (Totsukawa Village Tourism Promotion Section)
Website
https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00543/