Nakahechi Route | Tsugizakura-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha
This full-day hike is on pavement to Kobiro-toge Pass and then on unpaved mountain trail to Hosshinmon-oji.
From Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha, the trail switches between forest trail and paved road through settled areas.
There are no restaurants along the way, so it is best to bring a bag lunch. The creek beside Jagata Jizo and Mikoshi-toge are common lunch stops.
The 7-kilometer section from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha is a very popular half-day walk.
Distance: ~21.5 km
Time: 8~11 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating: 4
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Total Elevation Gain: ~960 m
Total Elevation Loss: ~1440 m
Access: Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama to Nonaka Ipposugi bus stop (~30 min walk to Tsugizakura-oji from the bus stop): Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound). The same buses as above also stop at Kumano Hongu Taisha. Buses to/from Shingu stop at Hongu Taisha-mae: Bus Timetable #3 (Northbound), Bus Timetable #4 (Southbound)
Nearest bus stop: Nonaka Ipposugi (Start), Hongu Taisha-mae (Finish)
Accommodations: There is a variety of lodgings available in Hongu, Yunomine Onsen,
and Kawayu Onsen. (Buses leave from Hongu Taisha-mae to the Onsen areas)
Restrooms: Tsugizakura-oji, slightly east of Kobiro-toge, Jagata Jizo, Mikoshi-toge, Akagi-goe junction, slightly east of Hosshinmon-oji, Mizunomi-oji, Fushiogami-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha.
Maps: Hongu area, Hongu, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen
Because of damage to the trail there is a ~4 km detour from Nakado-jaya Teahouse remains to Jagata Jizo, south of the main pilgrimage route. The trail follows a forestry road for a short time before climbing over the Iwagami-toge pass (~650 meters elevation). The trail then descends to the Jagata Jizo following another forestry road for part of the way.