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722-5 Takara Yukawacho, Gobo, Wakayama Prefecture, Kinki, 644-0011, Japan | Hotel
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Hiking the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

A travel blog entry by sellers2013-14


... as they hiked along the trail, but very few are operating today, due to the low numbers of hikers. It would have been very fun to have been able to enjoy stopping for tea along the way, as we did in Nepal, but perhaps that be possible again in a few years as the trail becomes more popular.
After 6 miles we came to the small town of Chikatsuya, where we ate lunch at a tiny organic café called Cabelo. We had a nice set menu lunch of humus, salad and ...

Buddhist ceremony & Kumano Kodo sacred pilgrimage

A travel blog entry by sellers2013-14


... lose perspective.
They did provide us with a translation of the dharma used for the service, and it focused on the pursuit and attainment of perfect wisdom, which is said to cast out all fear (Biblical) as well as to remove desire, greed and material needs from one’s life. One of the interesting phrases they included was “in matter there is emptiness, and in emptiness there is matter”. They encourage their worshippers to ...

Pious pilgrimage

A travel blog entry by benandmartin


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 ...

Day One Dotonbori sake tasting

A travel blog entry by skypemycat


... often she complains about the taste of other passengers Note. Dear jetstar flight attendant who relocated this man away from the horrified looking couple in 7A-7B we are forever in your debt 3 hour layover done we board the flight to Osaka snotty panda managed 2 explosives swabbings and a go in the full body scanner before we even left the country nobody was the least bit interested in me. Flight blissfully uneventful and off the plane for the 45 minute immigration ...

You can't always get what you want...

A travel blog entry by nicole.duncan


... weren't ecstatic about the lack of meat but ate well despite the grumbles. Part way through dinner an older woman (she was a spry 93) joined us. She is the widow of the former chief priest (they marry!) and the mother of the current chief priest. About 100 years ago, the temple leadership began passing from father to son in succession. Certainly something we didn't expect. She was born here at Koya-San to a lay man and educated here through junior school. She and eight other ...


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