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... that the pain of pilgrimage is a way of atoning for sins. With the history of this area in mind I took each step over rocks and roots thinking of the thousands of people who have made their way through these beautiful mountains taking their own personal journey.
Shane and I got off easy, however, as our journey only lasted a little over two hours. We met up with Yumi and Shota asleep in the car at Takahara Kiri-no-Sato rest area. Had a ...
... to have been established over 2,700 years ago near the base of the waterfall, but moved up the hill to its current location after being damaged by fire many centuries ago. The trail was completely overgrown with moss and hardly ever used prior to the designation of this as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004.
The Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine sits on a magnificent site, with views of the huge waterfall as you face east, and views of the sparkling blue ...
... br> We were sad to leave the Fujiya ryokan and its wonderful hot springs, but will take great memories of it, and the beautiful Kumano Kodo trail with us, as we begin our explorations of other regions of this interesting country.
A few remarks on Japan and its culture might be helpful here. Japan has a long, proud and impressive history. The country was quite advanced for millennia, and traded with other countries over the years, until the rise of ...
... 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 ...
... the grand shrine with a growing sense of excitement. Just after lunch we crossed a mountain pass and the worlds largest Torii gate popped into view (thankfully not David Cameron's house but the entrance to the temple complex), enlightenment was now only a short walk away! We hurried down the hill, genuinely looking forward to seeing the greatest shrine in the land. I can only imagine this was a similar thrill to that Indiana Jones experienced on finding ...
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