Nakahechi Route | Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji
This one-day hike begins at the Takijiri-oji shrine beside the Tonda River and follows a mountain trail passing through Takahara and Chikatsuyu village to Tsugizakura-oji. The route has some steep inclines and downhill slopes on uneven surfaces. There are paved sections in the village of Takahara and from Chikatsuyu village to Tsugizakura-oji.
This is a popular starting day for multi-day walks on the Nakahechi section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. It is also possible to break this walk into small sections. The Gyubadoji-guchi to Chikatsuyu-oji and Chikatsuyu-oji to Tsugizakura-oji courses are common, short, easy walks. The Kodo Aruki-no-Sato Chikatsuyu facility in Nakahechi has a shuttle bus service for these sections.
There are restaurants in Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge, Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Michi-no-Eki Rest Stop, and in Chikatsuyu, but most walkers opt to bring a lunch with them to eat along the trail. The Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center is located at Takijiri-oji and has some introductory exhibitions about the route.
Distance: ~17 km
Time: 7~10 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating: 4
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Total Elevation Gain: ~1260 meters
Total Elevation Loss: ~850 meters
Access: Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama. Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound).
Nearest bus stops: Takijiri (Start), Nonaka-no-Ipposugi (Finish)
Accommodations: Takijiri, Takahara (Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge), Chikatsuyu (Minshuku Chikatsuyu,), and Nonaka (Irorian Minshuku, Minshuku Nonaka Sanso,Minshuku Tsugizakura).
Restrooms: Takijiri-oji, Takahara Kiri-no-Sato rest area, Jujo-oji, Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Michi-no-Eki Rest Stop, Chikatsuyu, and Tsugizakura-oji.
Maps: Chikatsuyu Village map, Nakahechi East area map