Kumano-Kodo (Kumano Old Road)

Travel Guide - Kumano-Kodo (Kumano Old Road)


Kumano-Kodo is a pilgrimage route with over 1,000 years of history.
People from all levels of society, from Emperors and nobles to the commoner, have made the auduous pilgrimage to Kumano.
These pilgrims used this network of routes which stretches across the mountainous Kii Peninsula.
The walk itself was an integral part of the pilgrimage process as they undertook rigorous rites of worship and purification.

Daimon-zaka Hill on the route is paved with layers of beautifull stone and has cedar trees lining it on both sides.
You will be transported back in time because it has changed little to this day.
At the teahouse by the Daimon-zaka Hill entrance, you can try on costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185).
*There is a charge for this.

Formerly a route for pilgrims journeying between Kumano Sanzan (Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama-Taisha Shrine, and Kumano Nachi-Taisha Shrine), which are the main shrines of 3,000 Kumano-jinla throughout the country, the ancient Kumano-Kodo is now also used as a hiking trail.
Walking the Kumano-Kodo is a fantastic way to experience the unique cultural landscape of Kumano's spiritual countryside.
The cobblestone road, blanketed with moss, winds through a forest, and occasionally historical ruins and guideposts are visible along it.

In 2004, the sacred sites of Kumano Sanzan, Mt. Koya-san, and Yoshino & Omine, as well as the Kumano-Kodo pilgrimage routes that connect them, were registered as the UNESCO World Heritage site "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".
It is a diverse cultural landscape that extends over the entire Kii-hanto Peninsula and is a spiritual place of self-discovery, purification and healing.

Opening Hours

  • Open 24 hours


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

  • Magose course: 30 minutes from JR Kii-Nagashima Station by the bus bound for Owase. Get off at Washige Bus stop.
  • Magose course: 30 minutes walk from JR Aiga Station

Address / Location

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Crazy Fox @kichigaikitsune - 2021-03-12
📷 A somewhat weathered stone stele signpost marking the path of the old Kumano Road within Owase, Mie Prefecture (P… https://t.co/boS8ufxPBb
Dielectric Samurai @MillisBrent - 2019-11-19
Oh yeah, you I want some 'old road water from Kumano'. 💀 https://t.co/yc65LjDdYr
Enrich Life Tourism @EnrichTourism - 2018-12-05
Thinking about old days, more than 1,000 years ago, walked Kumano-kodo Ancient road to Kumano shrines.
More inform… https://t.co/Hwh6yWkXl1
WM @FamWM - 2018-10-20
More than 1,000 years old pilgrim road !
The sister road relationship between the Kumano-kodo Ancient road... https://t.co/m0AuYIE1NN
tieguanyin @tieguanyin320 - 2018-10-05
Bottle Otonashi-Cha on the Kumano-Kodo, which is a old road became the world's heritage. The label design is deep g… https://t.co/TnM2R0cThw
Answers@Tokyo @AnswersTokyo - 2018-09-09
Kumano-Kodo (Old road) is a pilgrimage routes extending over 4 prefectures. (Nara, Wakayama, Osaka, Mie) Women is s… https://t.co/5fB51Zo5ap
Brian Lynn @brianlynn - 2018-07-09
@RobGMacfarlane Reading Walking the Kiso Road inspired me to hike the Kumano Kodo. I was reminded that old, unchang… https://t.co/zR4SuqQtyw
Shimaguni Brighton @TomOrsman - 2017-12-07
熊野古道 KUMANO KODOU (The old road to Kumano) I often get asked where I go in Japan. Recently the… https://t.co/kIJvhhmfle
threepinner @threepinner1 - 2017-11-25
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Old Kumano road shot with #Kodak #Microfilm.
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threepinner @threepinner1 - 2017-11-22
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Old Kumano road, Wakayama prefecture.
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threepinner @threepinner1 - 2017-11-22
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Old Kumano road, Wakayama prefecture.
#Canon T70, #Tokina RMC 24mm F2.8, Kodak… https://t.co/4Hh1NA67LX
threepinner @threepinner1 - 2017-11-22
#flickr https://t.co/vHFDdtVKDf
Old Kumano road, Wakayama prefecture.
#Canon T70, #Tokina RMC 24mm F2.8, #Kodak… https://t.co/K1NtCXaray
National Travel @NatlTravelFun - 2017-10-18
Ideal for hiking, the Kumano Ancient Road is a network of 1000 year old trails winding through Japan’s pristine, re… https://t.co/SWX4KHCO7H
jojo2016 @kousama2016 - 2017-02-14
@Montaquetravel It's Kumano. Old road people took to visit Kumano from ancient times https://t.co/vkDOq0uwRl
Masaaki Kudo 工藤 雅章 @solidaijin - 2015-04-04
i come to Kumano old road.
it conect to Ise Shrine.
Amaterasu Ookami. She is the greatest God of japan. i love her so much.
Japan Australia @Japan_Australia - 2015-02-12
The famous Kumano Kodo (Kumano Old Road) in Mie Prefecture. The road is an old road used for making a pilgrimage... http://t.co/1RdW1rZYGe