The Kumano Kodo trailhead starts from behind Takijiri-oji, which is considered to be where passage into the precincts of the sacred mountains begins. Be sure not to miss the Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center before your walk.
It is a steep climb to Takahara Village through native and planted forest. Around 15 minutes into the climb, there is a set of large boulders. Some of these form a cave called Tainai-kuguri, where you can test your faith by climbing through the crack at the far end. Another boulder, the Chichi-iwa rock, is associated with a local legend.
The Takahara Kumano-jinja shrine is one of the oldest buildings along this section of the pilgrimage route and features giant camphor trees. The village of Takahara offers panoramic views of the Hatenashi mountain range.
Kumano Kodo Walkers
Distance: 3.7 km
Time: ~2 hrs
※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: 2.5
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Access: Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama. Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound). There are no buses to/from Takahara. The nearest bus stop is at Kurisugawa on Highway #311 (~30 minute walk from Takahara).
Nearest bus stop: Takijiri (Start), Kurisugawa (Finish)
Accommodations: Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge, Tenku-no-Satoyama
Takijiri-oji is on the left and Takahara is to the right. They are joined by a red line.