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The mountains on the World Heritage Site of Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail, the rivers that carry the water that flows from the mountains, the waves of the Kumano-nada Sea that stretches out from Shichiri-Mihama Beach and the calming hues of blue and green of nature. The gentle ripples of the sea, the soft murmuring of the river, and the rustling of the trees that can be heard as you stop to take in the heartbeats of living nature. Welcome to Higashi-Kishu, the home to all these wonders of nature.


Located in the southern part of Mie Prefecture, the Higashikishu region encompasses the 5 municipalities of Kihoku Town, Owase City, Kumano City, Mihama Town and Kiho Town.


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About Higashikishu

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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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