8Sone Jiro-zaka Taro-zaka
Sone Jiro-zaka Taro-zaka
About 3 hours
Around 5.7km (From JR Kata Station to JR Nigishima Station)
This route crosses over Hobo-toge Pass, which marks the border between the towns of Owase and Kumano. This route takes you to a historical monument commemorating Sone, and you will also pass through some beautiful stone paths and stone fences built to guard crops from wild animals. This route is also lined with the numerous graves of pilgrims, who did not survive the tiring journey up here after possibly exhausting themselves from crossing Yakiyama.
Grave of Sone Danjo
During the Muromachi period, the villagers suffered from unrest in the region, and asked Sasaki Uemon from Omi Province for help. He then changed his name to Sone Danjo and ruled the region, restoring peace and order.
This stone fence was built to protect crops from wild boars and deer, providing a glimpse into the hardships and worries of the people who lived here long ago. On the Kumano City side, there is a memorial stone commemorating it, which is not found in other parts of the country.
Stone Quarry Ruins
There used to be a stone quarry located a short distance away from the trail that produced stone used to build Edo Castle. Chisel marks can be seen on some of the stones around here.
Hobo-toge Pass (Ruins of Hoji Teahouse)
The name of this teahouse originated from the word used to refer to territorial boundaries. This was said to be the border between Shima Province and Kii Province in the Middle Ages.
Other routes on the Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail