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14Fuden-toge Pass

Fuden-toge Pass

For beginners

Walking time
About 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance
Around 4.1km (From Takachiyoshi bus stop to Nochi bus stop)

sea level
257m

Route features

This was the main road connecting the coastal region to the mountain villages. The route starts in the quiet neighborhood of Oroshi, with beautiful views of the rice paddies and mountains. The moss-covered stone path makes its way up the slope. In addition to serving as a pilgrimage route, this road was also important for trade between the mountain villages and the fishing villages on the coast from long, long ago.

Route highlights

Fuden Oroshi

Fuden Oroshi

If you are lucky, you can see a natural phenomenon at the foot of Fuden Pass called Fuden Oroshi. It occurs early in the morning between fall and spring, on days when there is a big difference in air pressure between the ocean side and inland side of this pass. This causes a thick fog that envelops the mountain.

Ruins of Oroshi Castle

Ruins of Oroshi Castle

A local general named Oroshi built a castle here, and its ruins are scattered within Oroshi School and the rest of the town. You can see remains of the original castle as shown in this photo.

Stone Path

Stone Path

The moss-covered stone path leads you through a Japanese cedar forest. The path is made from Konogi Rhyolite stone as well.

Fuden-toge Pass and the Hokai Monument

Fuden-toge Pass and the Hokai Monument

The pass is a little way up from the forest path. This pass was a strategic place used on multiple occasions to base a siege on Kumano. Among others, the famous Hideyoshi Toyotomi used this point.

Route map

Route map

Day trip to Kumano Kodo by trains and buses

Day trip to Kumano Kodo by trains and buses

Other routes on the Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail

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