Hiking Solo Along the Kumano Kodo Iseji Route; Rebecca Quin; Savvy Tokyo

“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

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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…

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Fudarakusan-ji; Yonatan Friis; Atlas Obscura

A temple made famous by Japanese Buddhist monks who sacrificed themselves at sea.

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12 Reasons to Hike the Kumano Kodo, Japan’s 1,000-Year-Old Pilgrimage Route; Fodor’s Travel

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.

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Niutsushime Shrine & Jisonin Temple; Roisin Finnerty; Japan Travel

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.

Source: Niutsushime Shrine & Jisonin Temple – Japan Travel – Japan Tourism Guide and Travel Map

Visiting one of the most sacred places in Japan; Keith Austin; Traveller

People leave little knitted hats and scarves on the statues in the town’s splendidly eerie cemetery.

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Wakayama: Make It Happen; CNN

Touted as one of Japan’s best kept secrets, discover seven ways to experience the spiritually rich and breathtaking Wakyama.

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7 THINGS TO DO IN WAKAYAMA; Asta Alvarez; The Poor Traveler Itinerary Blog

Wakayama Prefecture is located on the southernmost part of Japan’s Kii Peninsula. This corner of Honshu Island also snagged the 5th slot on the Lonely…

Source: 7 THINGS TO DO IN WAKAYAMA | The Poor Traveler Itinerary Blog

The World’s Most Beautiful Cemeteries Worth Traveling to See (Seriously); Mike Richard; The Manual

Japan – Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Charleston aside, few cities nail the spooky-beautiful-charming Southern vibe like Savannah, Georgia. Nowhere is this more evident than in the city’s Bonaventure Cemetery. Stands of massive, centuries-old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss canopy the historic burial grounds which are perched on a scenic bluff overlooking the Wilmington River. The 100 acres here include significant tombstones, sculpture gardens, and Southern Gothic monuments. Plus, the cemetery has appeared in numerous Hollywood flicks including Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. If you’re into that sort of thing …

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Hiking the sacred Kumano Kodo route in Japan with a backpack and a “no Trump talk” pact; Crai S Bower; Mic

Japan – Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

My concentration is completely focused on footfalls, specifically where my feet are landing among the cedar roots that form a natural staircase. I’m ascending Mount Tsurugi, on the Kii Peninsula, from the Takijiri-oji Shrine, on an 11-day trip thats covers the famous Kumano Kodo trail.

When I first set out on this pilgrimage, my goal was to escape the inescapable — a never-ending stream of U.S. political updates and urban clatter. The first Japanese emperor to hike the trail did so in the 11th century, after his retirement — possibly to seek absolution for his courtly life and imperial decisions.

I was invited by REI Adventures to hike the Kumano Kodo and Nakasendo trails with five other hikers, to experience this new trip. It’s part of their level-two offerings, which are designed for leisurely hikers — those who prefer no pre-trip calisthenics and like to conclude a few mellow hours on the trail with a soft bed and warm, multicourse meal.

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