This “small road”, part of the ancient Kumano Kodo network of pilgrimage routes, cuts through Totsukawa and the center of the Kii Peninsula to connect the mountain-top temple complex of Koyasan in the North West with the sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines in the South. Known as "the mountainous route to Kumano", the 70 km route is characterized by steep trails traversing passes over 1000 meters in elevation. In Totsukawa, the route leads through the picturesque mountain village of Hatenashi, known as “sky village”, for its high elevation. The stone path through the village is lined with small Buddhist statues and wells with fresh drinking water.
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Sarting at Koyasan in Wakayama, the 70km trail leads through Totsukawa and back into Wakayama, terminating in the Kumano region.
From JR Koyasan Station:
- 6 hours and 44 minutes on foot from the station.