The beautiful, clear rivers flowing from the lush mountains of the Kii Peninsula are a fantastic place for kayaking. From beginner paddlers to experienced explorers, there is a river for you! The Kumano-gawa River is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, an outstanding example of a sacred waterway. Seeing Kumano from the seat of a kayak is a unique way to actively experience Kumano and Japan’s pilgrimage culture. The Kitayama-gawa River (a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River) flows through the breathtaking Dorokyo Gorge.