About 2 hours 20 minutes
Around 7.9km (Starts and ends at Senmaida Toori-toge Iriguchi bus stop)
Once you come down from Fuden Pass, the road forks; one path points to Hongu, while the other takes one to Kitayama and onwards, all the way to Yoshino on the other side of the mountains. This route is not registered as part of the UNESCO Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, but has been used by the people in this area as an important trade route connecting neighboring villages for many centuries. Take a walk through Maruyama Senmaida to immerse yourself in rustic landscapes of the area.
The viewpoint perched upon the steep mountain slope overlooks 7.2 hectares of beautiful rice paddy terraces. Records from 1601 show that there were 2,240 paddies in all at that time.
Though rather narrow, about 800 meters of the stone path remain intact. The remnants of a charcoal kiln along the way will give you an idea of what life was like long ago.
Tori-toge Pass and Koyasu Jizo Statue
This Jizo statue was erected in 1851 on this windy mountain pass. People pray to it for Koyasu (literally translated as “child safety”), or a smooth childbirth.
Right in the middle of the terraced rice paddies of Maruyama Senmaida stands a huge boulder, which is said to provide a sense of groundedness to the view.
Other routes on the Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail