Editors recall their favorite AFAR stories and how the tales inspired them to visit the most popular destinations in the world.
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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.
From soaking in onsens in Hokkaido to visiting the deer in Nara, there’s so much more to do in Japan than eating sushi in Tokyo. While the bright lights and fish markets lure travelers, the countryside is home to temples and shrines, mountain hikes, and culinary adventures. This is everything you need to do in Japan to fully experience the country.
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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
Koyasan (Wakayama Prefecture), a sacred mountain-top Shingon Esoteric Buddhism site, has been attracting worshippers for the past 1,200 years. Along with the…
A temple made famous by Japanese Buddhist monks who sacrificed themselves at sea.
Located about a hundred kilometers south of Osaka, the Kumano Kodo is the perfect antidote to a few days in Japan’s megalopolises. The network of trails snakes across the Kii Peninsula past sites significant in Buddhism and Shintoism, through small towns, and over lushly forested mountain passes. The pilgrimage holds appeal for hikers with a wide range of abilities, religious affiliations, and priorities. Here’s how and why to hike the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage in Japan.
Mount Koya s spiritual realm extends further, come and discover the Niutsushime Shrine and Jisonin Temple, which play their own important roles in the story of this land.
People leave little knitted hats and scarves on the statues in the town’s splendidly eerie cemetery.