Nakahechi Route | Dainichi-goe
(Kumano Hongu Taisha to Yunomine Onsen)
The Dainichi-goe route is a short but relatively steep trail over Mt. Dainichi that links Kumano Hongu Taisha with Yunomine Onsen.
The Hanakake Jizo is on the ridge, and on the eastern slope is Tsukimigaoka-jinja. This shrine is located in a grove of old-growth trees and was historically associated with the Shugendo sect in the area.
Every year on April 13th, the first day of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival, participants walk this section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.
Distance: ~3.5 km
Time: ~1 hr 15 min
※Walking times do not include breaks and are based on the abilities of a healthy walker, without a pack, in good weather. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating: 2
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Access: Buses lead to/from Yunomine Onsen and Kumano Hongu Taisha daily from Tanabe: Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound).From Shingu: Bus Timetable #3 (Northbound), Bus Timetable #4 (Southbound). Bus Timetable #11 shows all the buses that run from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen.
Nearest bus stops: Yunomine Onsen, Kumano Hongu
Accommodations: Lodgings are available in Hongu, Yunomine Onsen, and Kawayu Onsen.
Restrooms: Yunomine Onsen (next to the public bath), Hongu (various locations)
Maps: Yunomine Onsen, Hongu, Hongu area, Kawayu Onsen
Kumano Hongu Taisha is on the left and Yunomine Onsen is on the right.