Magose-oge Pass


The "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" including Kumano Kodo were registered collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 7th 2004.
This World Heritage site consists of three sacred locations-"Kumano Sanzan" "Yoshino & Omine" and "Koyasan"-and three pilgrimage routes linking the sites-"Kumano Sankeimichi (Kumano Kodo)", "Omine Okugake-michi" and "Koyasan Choishi-michi". The site area is 495.3 hectares with a buffer zone of 11,370 hectares, making it much larger than any other Cultural Heritage site in Japan.

It is the first site in Japan to be registered as a "cultural landscape," a landscape created by prolonged interaction between nature and humans, and has attracted a lot of attention since its registration as a World Heritage Site.
Kumano Kodo also has the distinction of being one of the only three roads to be registered as a World Heritage Site.

Kumano Kodo is a collection of pilgrimage routes that lead to Kumano Sanzan from various places in Japan. Individual routes within Kumano Kodo include "Kiiji", which runs down west coast of the Kii Peninsula and splits into two routes "Ohechi" and "Nakahechi"; "Iseji", which runs down the east coast; and "Kohechi", which connects Koyasan and Kumano Sanzan.

In addition to Kumano Kodo, there are two other pilgrimage routes: "Koyasan Choishi-michi" and "Omine Okugake-michi". "Koyasan Choishi-michi" is the pilgrimage route to
sacred site "Koyasan", while "Omine Okugake-michi" connects to "Yoshino-Omine", sacred site of the Shugendo sect. Yoshino-Omine is still the training ground for the Shugendo sect to this day. Because of the route's difficulty, it is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.

On this site, we will explore the 170 km Iseji route in Mie Prefecture, which connects Ise Jingu to Kumano Sanzan.



   to Introduction of World Heritage "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range"

    to Kumano Kodo Iseji Walking Routes





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