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closed
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Hiked 1/26/2020 Great loop trail but there are some issues. Positives: shaded trail, support the villagers buying cool stuff like tea on the honor pay system. Saw some old Japanese villages. Trail very peaceful and secluded. At the end enjoy a personal or public hot spring for less than $6. Cool heights and awesome Buddhist relics and tombs. Cool pilgrimage narrative. Negatives: Started at Hongu shrine at 11:30. Plan to get there earlier. trail closed at Hossinmom oji without any transportation back in afternoon. Last bus left for Shingu at 7:09 pm. Possibly could get stranded. No signal much of the way.

Great long day hike. Amazing history in the walk with shrines and temples all over the place. Very well marked and easy to follow. Very well maintained. A small section was closed but detour was clearly marked. It added about .4 miles to the journey. We finished in about 5 hours - we weren’t sprinting, but we weren’t lolligagging either. Probably a good idea to visit the local onsen when finished.

November is a good season for this trail. Sunshine flow on the forest and kiss my face. But too many rocks.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Lots of stairs. :)

Incredible! Well worth the effort. Do it early morning to avoid the crowds.

This was a nice mellow trail wandering through a beautiful forest. There is a great viewpoint around halfway through the hike which gives a great vantage point on the surrounding hills! I only saw 6 people the whole hike.

wonderful trail in the woods, up and down hills and creeks and rivers, crossing shrines and temples. special mix of nature and spirit. highly recommended

The start of the Kumano Kodo trail.

It was not easy, but worth! With all photoshoot’s and 28-30’ C we did it in 7 hours. The last section between Hongu and Yunomine Onsen was hardest: steep up and steep down. Try it!!!

Day 1 of the Komano Kodo Pilgrimage Trek. Takijiri-oji > Takahara

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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rocky
11 months ago

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blowdown
bridge out
closed
off trail
washed out
Sun Mar 17 2019

Peaceful

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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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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