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2Tsuzurato-toge Pass

Tsuzurato-toge Pass

For regular hikers

Walking time
About 4 hours

Distance
Around 9.5km (from JR Umegadani Station to JR Kii-Nagashima Station)

Route features

This is a pass that marked the borders of Ise Province and Kii Province. Even after Nisaka-toge became the main gateway to Kii Province in the Edo period, this route was also used frequently by people living in the area until the early Showa period. Tsuzurato translates to “99 bends”, which is characterized by the winding roads on this route. The stone pavements and walls on this path are fairly well-preserved from that time.

Route highlights

33 Kannon Stone Statues

33 Kannon Stone Statues

Stone Kannon statues of the thirty-three Saigoku temples are enshrined near the place of worship of Emperor Kazan, who left the capital on a pilgrimage to Kumano.

Tsuzurato-toge Pass

Tsuzurato-toge Pass

At 357m above sea level, this was the spot that provided pilgrims heading to Kumano Sanzan from Ise their first view of Kumano’s seas.

Rough Stone Walls

Rough Stone Walls

The few stone walls found here facing the valley are remnants of structures from olden days that were built to protect the path here.

Stone Pavement

Stone Pavement

This stone pavement forms a zig-zag pattern in the midst of the deep green ferns surrounding it.

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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