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... We also met a lady who travels to different temples around Japan (with a small backpack) and prays to the gods there. At Kimii Dera there was some beautiful scenery, plus a tonne of stairs.
We also traveled to Kishi Station where we met the famous cat Tama, who was adopted by the station. In April 2006, to cut costs the railway line was going to be closed however Tama was appointed the only ...
... complete with a view of the valley below. Stunning!
That afternoon we drove (then walked) to Gyuba-doji Statue(s) which depict retired Emperor Kazan (968-1008) riding a cow and a horse. It is believed his was the first imperial pilgrimage to Kumano. Next stop was the Nonaka-no-Shimizu spring. This was the area where Hiraoki's father was raised. Then we climbed to the Toganoki-jaya Teahouse and the Hidehira-zaura cherry tree. The trees were ...
The Iya valley is sold in the guidebooks as undiscovered hidden Back to nature Japan. So I was ready for a rushing river and long hikes. And then there is the famous vine bridge crossing the Iya river, a feat of old timey engineering. But I should have remembered that in Japan , if there is something cool to see there is definitely going to be bus parking. So, I stayed in a little guesthouse ,Kel Na Sob, perched ...
... centuries. It is said that Emperor Godaigo, who reigned during the 11th century, made this pilgrimage hike over 30 times. Our first day was steep hiking through dense cedar forest, listening to the songs of nightingales and woodpeckers, and enjoying the beautiful cherry and plum blossoms along the way.
Our destination was the Takahara village, which sits on the edge of the mountain, overlooking a valley that is said to fill with delicate mist ...
Kumano Kodo - 17 - 20 March by Martin
We decided to take some time out to cleanse our souls (and livers) on an ancient pilgrimage. The Kumano Kodo is Japan's version of the Camino de Santiago. Various mountain trails stretch across the Kansai Peninsula towards three grand Shinto-Buddhist shrines. We walked the Nakahechi route from Tanabe on the coast to the supposed "mother of all shrines" called Kumano Hongu Taisha.
The 40km route took ...
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