Kumanokodo Nakahechi

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Kumanokodo Nakahechi (熊野古道中辺路) is one of the ancient pilgrimage routes of Three Kumano Shrines. Nakahechi is the sacred trail that connect Kumano Hongu Shrine and Tanabe and Two other Kumano Shrines. It is the most popular routes from Kyoto and Osaka in the middle age. There are 99 small shrines as check points. It is called Oji. Today, it still remains the view of old time as it used to be.

Tourist Info.
There is parking and restroom at each spot. Restroom at Hidehira Sakura.
This video started from Michinoeki, Kumanokodo Nakahechi.

0. Kii Tanabe Station.
1. Use local bus to Gyubadojiguchi (head to Kumano Hongu Taisya)

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Kumanokodo Nakahechi

Nakahechi, or Kiiji is one of the ancient pilgraimage routes of Kumano Sanzan Shrines. It starts from Kii Tanabe to Kumano Hongu Shrine, then connect to Nachi Shrine and Hayatama Shrine to visit all shrines of Kumano.

This video Introduce from Gyubadoji to Hidetsuguzakura trail. It takes about 2 hours one way.

Gyubadoji is the small stone statue that represent the Emperor Kazan riding on the horse and caw. The trail goes into nice grove of Cedar trees.

Chikatsuyu Oji, the check point located near Hioki River. People used to Misogi, the cleansing their body and mind here. There are hotels around here to stay.

Tugizakura Oji, the check point has small tea house rest place. Around Tugizakura Oji, there are Nonaka's Ippo Sugi and great spring.

Hidehira Sakura is the end of this trail. Hidehira Sakura is the Cherry Blossom grown from the cane of Hidehira. Fujiwara no Hdehira is the lord of Oshu Hiraizume in the late Heian Period. When he was worshiping at Kumano, his wife gave birth their baby here. Hidehira stabbed his cane that is made from Sakura. This Hidehira Sakura is the one that grown up from his cane.