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This loop includes three Hongu area paths that form a loop on the Kumano Kodo. I started and ended at Younomine Onsen and did the loop clockwise. The first section was Akagi-goe, which is officially closed following a very nasty typhoon that washed out two bridges. Perhaps it is because the goal is to re-open this section in Summer 2019 or because of the very high quality control of Japanese hikers/pilgrims, the trail seemed in better condition than many US mountain trails with the exception of one washed out bridge that required scrambling up a short but steep creek bank. This obstacle is approximately 600 meters south and west from Funatama-jinja (33•51’11 N; 135•42’54 E), which is right where Akagi-goe becomes the route between Hosshinmom-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha. At the change in trails, you’ll find another hugely washed out bridge, but a temporary and sturdy bridge has been built. This second leg is quite leisurely. Make sure to take the detour loop between markers 73 and 74 for a great preview of the Oyunohara Torii gate. The final leg from Kumano Hongu Taisha up the Dainichi-goe route is the shortest but has the steepest climb up and down a mountain pass. Over all, the loop is moderate in difficulty. The short scramble at the first washed out bridge on Akagi-goe and final ascent up Dainichi-goe might be why this hike is rated “hard.”

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1 month ago

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kumano Kodo is partner with Camino de Santiago. This was a great lifetime experience for both of us, spiritually and physically. The hike gave us opportunities to meet people from different countries, sharing stories from east to west. The Onsen was awesome, great foods, and of course very respectful and sincere Japanese folks from all over Japan!

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