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Takijiri-oji to Takahara


Part | Takijiri-oji to Takahara

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
Takahara Village

Course Data

Distance~4 km
Time2~3 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating2.5 What is difficult rating?
Total Elevation Gain~430 m
Total Elevation Loss ~200 m
AccessBuses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama. Bus Timetable . There are no buses to/from Takahara. The nearest bus stop is at Kurisugawa on Highway #311 (~30 minute walk from Takahara).
Nearest bus stopTakijiri (Start), Kurisugawa (Finish)
AccommodationsTakijiri, Takahara

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Nakahechi Main Route Sections

Hongu Sub-routes

Kumotori-goe Sections (Ukegawa to/from Nachisan)

Nachi Sub-route

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