In July 2004, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

We will take the Nakahechi pilgrimage route which starts from Tanabe on the western coast of the Kii Peninsula and traverses east into the mountains towards the Kumano grand shrines. 

It is the most popular route for pilgrims from western Japan. Starting in the 10th century, the Nakahechi route was extensively used by the imperial family on pilgrimage from Kyoto. 

This trail has traditional lodgings in isolated villages along the way and is excellent for multi-day walks.

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