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  • Where's Kumano?

    Kumano is the ancient name for the southern part of the Kii Peninsula. This peninsula, located south of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, is the largest in Japan. It is a spiritual hot spot containing Ise-jingu shrine, Yoshino & Omine, Koyasan and the sacred Kumano Sanzan Shrines. There is no official Kumano region today. This name dates back to prehistoric times and for the Japanese conveys a deep sense of mystery and awe. Kumano is associated not only with Yomi-no-Kuni, the mythical land of the dead, but also Buddhist celestial paradises.

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    • Where’s Kumano?

      Kumano is the ancient name for the southern part of the Kii Peninsula. This peninsula, located south of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, is the largest in Japan. It is a spiritual hot spot containing Ise-jingu shrine, Yoshino & Omine, Koyasan and the sacred Kumano Sanzan Shrines. There is no official Kumano region today. This name dates back to prehistoric times and for the Japanese conveys a deep sense of mystery and awe. Kumano is associated not only with Yomi-no-Kuni, the mythical land of the dead, but also Buddhist celestial paradises.

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      • What’s the weather like?

        The climate in the Kumano is temperate, especially along the coastal areas. Once you get into the mountains weather can change quickly. It rarely snows in the southern portion of Wakayama prefecture.
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        • Are there any downloadable maps or pamphlets for the area?

          Yes, we have many maps and pamphlets that are downloadble in PDF format. Maps include Japanese characters to make them user friendly when navigating the area.
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          • What’s an Oji?

            Ojis are shrines along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. They served as sites of worship, ritual and rest and are an integral part of the pilgrimage to Kumano.
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            • I have questions about the DUAL PILGRIM initiative, where can I find the answers?

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            • I have questions regarding my bookings with the KUMANO TRAVEL Community Reservation System, where can I find help?

              You first step would be to visit the very detailed FAQ page on the reservation system. If that doesn’t answer your questions, please contact us.

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