Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
One of two pilgrimage routes designated by Unesco, the Kii Mountain Range has three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, and Koyasan. The lush greenery of the mountains makes for great hiking, and even to this day, it’s easy to feel the sense of calm behind ancient Shinto and Buddhist nature worship. The different pilgrimage routes found here are collectively referred to as the Kumano Kodo, and the modern hiking trails follow ancient paths. One of the most well-trodden routes leads to Nachi Taisha: the vermillion pagoda and the 133m Nachi no Taki waterfall in the background are your postcard-perfect reward after finishing a long hike.