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The attractions of Higashi-kishu have a deep connection with history, and have a deep connection with tales and legends in the book "Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan)". These attractions will also appear in the section "About Higashi-kishu". We are going to introduce these attractions in this special report.View more
We have listed a series of shops all of which provide local specialties. Without going out of your house, you may get the specialties of Higashi-kishu delivered at your gate!View more
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World Heritage Site: The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail
In 2004, the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This consists of 3 sacred sites (Kumano Sanzan, Yoshino and Omine, and Koyasan), as well as the trails connecting them (the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails, the Omine Okugakemichi Trail, and the Koyasan Choishi-michi Trail).
The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails are a network of trails providing access to pilgrims who wished to visit the Kumano Sanzan, or the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano (Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha). There were a few routes connecting the Kumano area to Ise, Yoshino, Koyasan, and Kyoto, but the most famous ones were the Kii Route that ran westwards around the Kii Peninsula, and the Iseji Route that ran eastwards.
The Iseji Route was a trail filled with steep mountain ridges that travellers from Ise Grand Shrine and pilgrims taking on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage had to cross in order to reach the holy site of Kumano.
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