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In a rural village in Wakayama, Japan’s only Unesco-inscribed hot spring is also where locals have been cooking their food for centuries.
Surrounded by eight peaks and suspended high in the mountains, Koya-san’s 117 temples evoke a spiritual experience like none other.
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about hiking the Kumano Kodo in Japan. Understand the different routes, what gear you need, and more!
Kansai Guide: Walk amidst the gods and nature on the old Kumano Kodo, a World Heritage Site; LIVE JAPAN
Kumano Kodo [Old Road] is one of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range and is also registered as a World Heritage Site. Popular as a power spot, the writer walked this road so rich in history and natural beauty with a storyteller guide.
Visiting the Kii Mountain Range in Japan is easy—either day trip from Osaka or walk the sacred UNESCO sites along the pilgrimage route. Here’s how what you should know before you go.
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” — Cheryl Strayed
Stay on Koyasan, one of Japan’s most sacred sites, and lose your heart to the Yoshino cherry blossoms; Japan Monthly Web Magazine
Koyasan (Wakayama Prefecture), a sacred mountain-top Shingon Esoteric Buddhism site, has been attracting worshippers for the past 1,200 years. Along with the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes (English available) that link many sacred sites including the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano (English available), Koyasan, as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” (English available), is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.