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 No. 311, which you can cross to reach the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Michi-no-Eki rest stop. The Gyuba-doji-guchi bus stop is located here.
|Distance||8 km (~5 mi)|
|Time|| 3~4 hrs|
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
|Difficulty rating||3 What is difficulty rating?|
|Total Elevation Gain||~570 m (~1870 ft)|
|Total Elevation Loss||~200 m (~950 ft)|
|Access||Bus Timetable |
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), Gyuba-doji-guchi (Finish)|