About 1 hour and 50 minutes
Around 3.5km (Starts and ends at Hajikami Sakura Hiroba, loops around the pass)
The name of the Hajikami-toge Pass originated from another word for “salamander” in Japanese. Both the Edo and Meiji routes meet at the Hajikami-toge Pass. Both are rather easy routes to walk, but the Edo route is slightly tougher. The observation deck at the pass overlooks Ki-no-Matsushima, which is a scenic view of a cluster of islands in the sea nearby.
Stone Walls on Meiji Route
There are magnificent stone walls that remain standing from the past found at various spots along the Meiji route.
This has an elevation of 147m. There used to be a teahouse here, and its stone foundations still remain.
This overlooks the beautiful view of the various islands of Ki-no-Matsushima dotting the waters of the Kumano Sea. You can even see Shima Peninsula from here on clear days.
This is a flight of stone steps with stones only lining the edge of each step. Various spots where the stream cuts across the path remain, and these are thought to be for drainage purposes, or for travellers to wash their straw shoes.
Other routes on the Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail