The trail from Takahara continues to climb into the mountains from the east end of the tiny settlement. About 1.5 hours into the walk one reaches the Jujo-oji clearing, a popular spot for picnic lunches.
The highest part of this trail is the remains of the Uwada-jaya Teahouse (~690 meters above sea level).
The trail then descends quickly past the Three-Fold Moon Viewing area to the creek by Osakamoto-oji.
The pilgrimage route runs close to Highway #311, which you can cross to reach the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Michi-no-Eki rest stop. The Gyubadoji-guchi bus stop is located here.
Takahara Kumano-jinja Shrine
Kumano Kodo Trail
Rice Harvest in Takahara
Distance: 8 km
Time: 3~4 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating: 3
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Access: Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama to Kurisugawa and Gyubadoji-guchi. Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound).
Nearest bus stop: Kurisugawa (Start; 30 minute walk from Takahara), Gyubadoji-guchi (Finish)
Accommodations: There are no accommodations at Gyubadoji-guchi, but lodging can be found in nearby Chikatsuyu Village