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Chikatsuyu-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha



This is a long, full-day hike over varied terrain. The trail is on pavement from Chikatsuyu Village, through the Nonaka area to Kobiro-toge Pass, and then on an 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 with views of rural country life, tea fields and scenic landscape.

Course Data

Distance~25 km (~15.5 mi)
Time9~12 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficulty Rating4 What is difficulty rating?
Total Elevation Gain~1210 m (~4000 ft)
Total Elevation Loss ~1470 m (~4800 ft)
AccessBuses 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 StopChikatsuyu-oji, Nakahechi Bijutsukan-mae (Start), Hongu Taisha-mae (Finish)

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Route Maps


Because of trail damage, there is a ~4 km detour from the forestry road junction east of Sign Post No. 43 to Jagata Jizo, south of the main pilgrimage route. The trail follows a forestry road for a short time (to Log Bridge noted on the Route Map) 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.

Area Maps

Nakahechi Route Guide List

Nakahechi Route Main Sections

Nakahechi Chikatsuyu-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha Sub-sections

Nakahechi Hongu Area Routes

Other Nakahechi Route Sub-sections

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