Coastal Route to Kumano
The Ohechi Route runs along the southwest coast of the mountainous Kii peninsula through smaller villages between Tokei-jinja in Tanabe and Fudarakusan-ji in Nachi. It was developed in the 15th century and used for both worship and tourism.
The coastal landscape attracted many writers and poets during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Signage along the Ohechi route is variable with some sections that only have Japanese signs, especially in the areas that link trailheads to train stations through settled areas.
Once away from the train line, public transportation is limited, so plan accordingly.
There are currently three recommended courses — based on proximity to transportation, available accommodation, and adequate English signage — with maps on the website.