About 3 hours
Around 4.6km (From JR Nigishima Station to JR Atashika Station)
The name “Okami” is said to mean “the place where the deities of Kumano and Ise meet. “Okami” is also the word for “wolf” in Japanese, which is another possible theory behind the origins of the name as wolves were said to lurk around here. This route starts from Nigishima, a town known for its long history of whaling, and continues onto the old pilgrimage route, which is paved by moss-covered stones.
Along the path near the milepost marker, there stands a total of 8 gravestones for pilgrims who did not survive the journey.
Rice Paddy Remains and Shishigaki
A stone fence surrounding a patch of land that used to be a rice paddy still remains standing here.
The pass stands at 290m above sea level is covered by trees. There used to be a big pine tree, and it is said that there used to be a teahouse under it.
View of Atashika Beach
A dazzling view of Atashika Beach can be seen after crossing the pass. There is a guardian stone nearby, for travellers to pray to and give thanks for their safe travels so far.
Other routes on the Kumano Kodo Iseji Trail