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Tsugizakura-oji to Hosshinmon-oji


The Kumano Kodo follows the old highway from Tsugizakura-oji to Kobiro-toge Pass. Here the trail enters the forest, climbing and descending a series of passes, the first being Waraji-toge Pass.

The trail used to descend the Me-zaka (“female slope”), passed by the remains of the Nakodo-jaya (“match-maker teahouse”), and climbed the O-zaka (“male slope”) to Iwagami-oji (elevation: ~650 meters), once the highest point on this section of the route. But since recent damage to the trail, 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 leading over the Iwagami-toge Pass.

The statue of Jagata Jizo protects travelers from evil fatigue-inducing spirits. The trail from there then crosses over a small bridge to the remains of the Yukawa settlement before climbing up to Mikoshi-toge Pass.

A long descent brings pilgrims to the junction for the Akagi-goe Route, which heads to Yunomine Onsen. For others, it is another 25 minutes from here to Hosshinmon-oji.

Course Data

Distance~14 km (~9 mi)
Time 6~8 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficulty Rating 3  What is difficulty rating?
Total Elevation Gain~780 m (~2550 ft)
Total Elevation Loss~980 m (~3200 ft)
AccessBus Timetable
Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama to Nonaka Ipposugi bus stop (a 30-min walk to Tsugizakura-oji from the bus stop): Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound).
Hosshinmon-oji is the last stop on this bus route, which starts in Tanabe and goes through Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen: Bus Timetable #6. If catching the last bus from Hosshinmon-oji to the Hongu area, be aware of the last departure time. Note: the bus stop is ~300 m east of Hosshinmon-oji at the Hosshinmon-oji rest area.
Nearest Bus Stop Nonaka Ipposugi (Start), Hosshinmon-oji (Finish)


Note regarding Accommodation at Hosshinmon-oji

There are no accommodations at Hosshinmon-oji. It is important to plan carefully to be able to catch the bus at Hosshinmon-oji rest area if necessary to the Hongu (Kawayu / Wataze / Yunomine) area or Tanabe.

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 Hongu Area Routes

Other Nakahechi Route Sub-sections

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